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John Zappe

John was a newspaper reporter and editor until his geek gene lead him to launch his first website in 1994. Never a recruiter, he instead built online employment sites and sold advertising services to recruiters and employers. As VP of one large media operation, his employment revenue alone approached $2.5 million. Besides writing for ERE, John consults with digital content operations, focusing on the advertising side. And when he's not doing either, he can be found hiking in the California mountains or competing in canine agility events.

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Hurry Before Your 420 Job Costs You $4.20

by Mar 27, 2015, 12:46 am ET

WeedHire logoHey dude, if you want to save a few bucks, and you’re in need of a trimmer or a bud tender, get yourself over to WeedHire before April 2. Job postings go from free to $4.20 the day after you- know-what day.

That $4.20 has significance. If you have to ask what it is, you don’t belong on WeedHire. keep reading…

ACA Has Little Impact on Employer Plan Enrollment

by Mar 24, 2015, 5:45 pm ET

SHRM 2015 ACA health plan surveyThe impact of the Affordable Care Act on employers and employees has not been as great as many feared when the controversial health insurance law was adopted.

Surveys by Global benefits consultant Mercer and the Society for Human Resource Management say few employers have cut hours for full-timers or seen a surge in new enrollments.

“As organizations learned more about the law, they found that their coverage levels were already the same or more than what the law required, minimizing the adjustments that some anticipated employers would need to make when the ACA was created,” said Evren Esen, director of SHRM’s survey programs. keep reading…

S*** My Recruiter Says

by Mar 20, 2015, 12:03 am ET

d'agostino emailJust when you wonder can things get any weirder, they do.

Today, we offer up a bizarre recruiting story that has been unfolding for the last two weeks in 140-character messages tweeted by a former Google engineer. Kelly Ellis started tweeting about feeling sexually harassed by her male colleagues during the years she worked at Google. She names names and calls out HR, saying it did nothing.

Why she decided to go public now, after leaving Google eight months ago, isn’t clear, but that also isn’t our story. It’s what happened after her tweets caught the attention of tech and news sites. keep reading…

Few APAC Professionals Changing Jobs, but Those Ready to Relocate Prefer North America

by Mar 19, 2015, 5:27 am ET

relocation destinations MRIC Talent reportHalf of all mid- to senior managers and professionals working in greater China and Singapore would relocate to North America for a promotion or to gain international exposure. However, except for those now working in Taiwan, a majority of the 4,500+ respondents surveyed for MRIC’s annual Talent Report: Greater China & Singapore say they’re not actively looking to relocate.

Overall, the number of managers and professionals who relocated last year is down from previous surveys, according to the report, which was prepared in partnership with the market research firm Ipsos. Although the change in Taiwan was barely measurable (down 1 point from 13 percent to 12 percent in 2014), elsewhere, especially in China and Singapore, the declines were as high as 5 percentage points. keep reading…

Employers Turning to Agencies to Fill In-Demand Jobs

by Mar 18, 2015, 7:22 am ET

Wanted agency hiring demandTo fill their toughest healthcare and tech jobs, the nation’s employers are increasingly turning to staffing firms for help.

Research firm WANTED Technologies says employers are most likely to hire a search firm to find registered nurses, application software developers, and web developers. Based on Wanted’s analysis of online job postings, demand for RNs increased by 25 percent in a year. For web developers, demand rose 42 percent and for software developers it increased a whopping 73 percent. keep reading…

Time to Fill on the Rise Again

by Mar 16, 2015, 11:43 am ET

With the economy adding jobs at the fastest clip since the depression began eight years, it’s taking longer and longer to fill vacancies. In January, the national average was almost 26 working days, an increase of 3.5 days in the 12 months from the previous January.

2015-03_Mean_Vacancy_Duration_TableThe Dice-DFH Mean Vacancy Duration Measure, a sophisticated measure of how long it’s taking employers to fill jobs, came in at 25.7 working days. That’s just off from the 15-year high of 26.5 days recorded for last August.

“U.S. labor markets continue to tighten, albeit at a modest pace,” said Dr. Steven Davis, William H. Abbott professor of International Business and Economics at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and co-creator of the vacancy measure. “Evidence of labor market tightening is seen in rising vacancy durations and declining unemployment rates.”

The government said unemployment declined to 5.5 percent in February from 5.7 percent the previous month. That’s the lowest national unemployment rate since May 2008. keep reading…

Bad News For Men: If You Aren’t Rich By 45 You Won’t Be

by Mar 9, 2015, 9:45 am ET

up and down money graphs.jpgLife may begin at 40, but the question is can you afford it? The bad news is that if you aren’t rich by 45 you have almost no chance of making it.

In a new research report, Federal Reserve researchers from Minneapolis and New York discovered “the bulk of earnings growth happens during the first decade” of work. By that they mean between age 25 and 35. After that, well, “for the median LE (lifetime earnings) group, average earnings growth from ages 35 to 55 is zero.”

After age 45, only the top 2 percent generally experience any significant improvement in earnings. keep reading…

February Job Boom Adds 295K While Unemployment Drops to 5.5%

by Mar 6, 2015, 9:51 am ET

Econ indices Feb. 2015Ignoring predictions of a February hiring slowdown, U.S. employers added a robust 295,000 new workers to their payrolls, bringing down the unemployment rate to 5.5 percent. Most sectors added jobs, with the biggest gains coming in health, and bars and restaurants.

February’s job numbers released this morning by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics defied economists’ predictions that February’s brutal weather would depress hiring. They called for hiring in a range of 230,000 to 240,000 and a reduction in unemployment from January’s 5.7 percent to 5.6 percent.

The weather, however, had little effect. The construction industry continued to hire in February, adding 29,000 workers. Retailers, who had complained that record snow and cold was keeping shoppers at home, added 32,000 jobs. Auto dealers, clothing stores, specialty shops, and home improvement centers all hired workers. keep reading…

We Appreciate You! How About the Boss?

by Mar 6, 2015, 12:01 am ET

FoolsdoartBefore anything else, on behalf of the entire ERE family, your humble Roundup correspondents want you to know how very much we all appreciate your loyal readership.

We figured today’s a good day to tell you that since it’s Employee Appreciation Day and our gratitude may be the only thanks you get.

Alas, Gallup tells us that fewer than 1 in 3 workers strongly agrees that they got any praise in the last week. Other surveys have found praise by managers to be even stingier; some workers claim to rarely hear anyone praised by the boss. keep reading…

ADP Report: Private Employers Added 212K Jobs in February

by Mar 4, 2015, 1:34 pm ET

ADP Feb 2015Whether it was the brutal weather, fewer work days, or other causes, private employers added the fewest new jobs in February since last May. ADP’s National Employment report said private employer payrolls grew by 212,000 last month, a decrease of 38,000 from January’s revised numbers.

The count was smaller than economists were expecting. A Reuters survey put their average forecast at 220,000 jobs. The Wall Street Journal‘s survey put the forecast at 215,000.

“While February’s job gains came in slightly lower than recent months, the trend of solid growth above 200,000 jobs per month continued,” said Carlos Rodriguez, president and chief executive officer of ADP. keep reading…

You Like Your HR Tech Vendor and Think the Software ‘Isn’t Crummy’

by Mar 2, 2015, 7:18 pm ET

Ideal Vendor report software satisfactionBy margins so overwhelming they leave no room for doubt, HR practitioners enjoy working with their tech vendors and don’t think the software they provide is crummy.

If that surprises you, you’re in good company. William Tincup and John Sumser, two of the best-known names in HR consulting, admit to being surprised themselves when they tabulated the results of a technology survey they conducted as principal analysts for their firm, KeyInterval Research.

In their report, The Ideal Vendor Relationship, they report that 78 percent of the 1,100 participating practitioners answered “No” to the question “Is your HR software crummy?” While that doesn’t necessarily mean they think it’s the best thing since sliced bread, it’s not the result the authors expected.

“Our working hypothesis was that most HR practitioners disliked the technologies they use each day,” write Tincup and Sumser. Instead, “Most practitioners are simply not complaining about the quality of their tools and technologies.” keep reading…

Lessons in the Karma of Recruiting

by Feb 20, 2015, 5:18 am ET

Buckland TweetToday’s Roundup (you do remember Roundup, don’t you?)  is about recruiting karma.

Not yet another reprise of those stories about great people who were rejected by some frenzied recruiter working 39 reqs. No siree, this Roundup is all about that “what goes around comes around” thing.

First up is a lawsuit against Apple, accusing it of poaching the cream of battery maker A123 Systems’ engineers. keep reading…

2 Percent Raises Not Making Tech Workers Happy

by Feb 11, 2015, 10:55 am ET

Dice IT survey pay graphicParalleling the national average wage growth, tech workers saw their pay rise 1.9 percent last year to an average of $89,450 annually, more than twice what the average U.S. worker earns.

But with 2014′s increase the lowest since 2010, there’s growing discontent in the ranks.

The annual Dice Tech Salary Survey says satisfaction with pay declined 2 percent in 2014 to 52 percent of the surveyed workers. That may not seem like much of a change, but it’s a big drop from 2012 when 57 percent expressed satisfaction with their pay.

“Tech pros are less happy with their earnings,” observed Dice President Shravan Goli, “Signaling to companies that in order to recruit and retain the best candidates, offering more will be necessary.” keep reading…

Monster Execs Look Ahead to New Product Success

by Feb 10, 2015, 1:49 pm ET

New Monster logoAfter a so-so end to a so-so year, Monster executives are pinning their hopes for a company makeover on a lineup of new products, some to be introduced in the next few months, others launched last year, and a few legacy tools like Power Resume Search.

“We’re building a new Monster,” COO Mark Stoever, declared during a conference call with analysts this morning.

In optimistic, if subdued language, he and President and CEO Tim Yates, discussed the company’s fortunes as they detailed the product portfolio they maintain will again make Monster a major player in recruitment sourcing.

The company’s year-end financial report out this morning suggests it has mileage to make up. Monster earned 7 cents a share in the last quarter of 2014, after excluding certain one time expenses, including a $326 million charge against goodwill. The per share earning was a penny above Wall Street’s forecast. keep reading…

Jobs, Wages Up More Than Expected in January

by Feb 6, 2015, 9:44 am ET

Econ data Jan 2015Taking a breather from the torrid pace of hiring in November and December, which added three-quarters of a million jobs to the economy, employers created 257,000 new jobs in January, exceeding economists’ predictions the number would be closer to 230,000.

The U.S. Labor Department’s monthly Employment Situation report this morning also said unemployment rose slightly to 5.7 percent from 5.6 percent as more workers opted to join the labor force. In addition, average hourly wages increased by 12 cents, the largest gain in months. Wage growth has been stagnant, hovering around 2 percent annually since the end of the recession.

“It’s a great report. The labor force finally goes up, we got a little wage growth, a lot of upward revisions,” said Ed Keon, managing director and portfolio manager for Prudential Financial. “We’re finally getting enough internal momentum that we can stay at that roughly 3 percent (gross domestic product) growth rate, maybe even a little higher as we go through the year.” keep reading…

LinkedIn Reports Strong Finish to 2014

by Feb 5, 2015, 7:03 pm ET

Job board Q4 2014 financialsLinkedIn reported another winning quarter this afternoon, bringing in $643 million in the last three months of 2014, with recruiting sales accounting for 57.4 percent of the total.

Both the revenue, and the company’s adjusted earnings per share of 61 cents, handily beat Wall Street’s expectations. Analysts were predicting LinkedIn would earn 53 cents on sales of $617 million.

The quarter capped a go-go year for LinkedIn, which saw its 2014 revenue grow to $2.22 billion, a 45 percent increase  2013′s $1.53 billion. Its Talent Solutions sales totaled $1.33 billion for the year. By contrast, when Monster reports its numbers next year, expectations are that its total revenue will be about $776 million. keep reading…

Energy Industry Slowdown Dampens January Hiring

by Feb 4, 2015, 12:11 pm ET

ADP Report 1.2015After adding a hefty 253,000 jobs in December, private employers slowed their hiring in the first month of the year, adding an estimated 213,000 jobs in January.

The National Employment Report from HR services company ADP and its partner Moody’s Analytics was below consensus forecasts from economists who had pegged the increase between 220,000 and 240,000. The report also revised up the initial December count from 241,000 to 253,000.

Mark Zandi, chief economists for Moody’s, blamed cuts in the energy industry for the slower-than-expected growth. keep reading…

More HR Jobs Requiring Big Data Skills

by Feb 3, 2015, 2:47 pm ET

Big data - photoexplorer - freeThe geeks have arrived in HR, declares Josh Bersin. “Statisticians, mathematicians, and engineers have entered the people analytics space.”

Writing in Forbes, the noted industry analyst and consultant outlines the development of the use of “big data” or, as he calls it, “people analytics” in the hiring and management of talent. “Human resources departments are getting serious about analytics. And I mean serious.”

Just how serious? Wanted Analytics coincidentally just came out with some numbers detailing the growth in human resources jobs asking for “big data” skills. keep reading…

SimplyHired Names Top Employer Brands

by Jan 27, 2015, 5:42 am ET

EBIBadge_HorizontalSimplyHired has come up with a way to measure the interaction between job seeker and employer job postings which it’s calling Employer Brand Index.

The result of a complex mining of jobseeker behavior and statistical adjusting, the Index is actually a ranking of employers in seven broad industry groups: automotive, entertainment, financial services, healthcare, insurance, technology, and transportation.

In the last week, SimplyHired released the top 25 employer winners in each category, which you will find here. keep reading…

Employers Forecast to Increase Use of Temp Agencies By 10.5%

by Jan 26, 2015, 2:20 pm ET

Palmer 2015Staffing agency employment has been among the fastest-growing sectors of the U.S. economy for the last several years. Since the recession’s official end in June 2009, the industry has added 1.24 million new jobs, 12.3 percent of all new private sector jobs created.

Now comes a prediction from the staffing and human capital consulting firm of G. Palmer and Associates that temp employment will grow 10.5 percent this quarter over last year. That translates into about 135,000 new staffing agency jobs.

“Our forecast for the 2015 first quarter follows recent trends demonstrating growth and indicating another increase in demand for temporary workers, marking the 20th consecutive quarter of year-over-year increases,” said Greg Palmer, founder and managing director of the consultancy. keep reading…