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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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Job Prospects Are Looking Up This Year for the Class of 2015

by Apr 23, 2015, 12:46 am ET

NACE hiring-predictions-2015The job prospects for this year’s college seniors are better than they have been in years, say two different employer surveys.

CareerBuilder’s survey of 2,175 hiring and human resource managers found 65 percent of them planning to hire one or more of the upcoming graduates, an eight-point increase from last year’s survey and the largest percentage since the year before the recession. keep reading…

SEC Sues Company Behind the HR Job Board OpenReq

by Apr 22, 2015, 7:21 pm ET

openreq logoA federal court in Florida has all but closed down the operations of OpenReq and its parent company, eCareer Holdings, after the Securities and Exchange Commission charged the firm and its principals with fraud and securities violations.

The court issued a temporary injunction freezing the company’s assets, and those of its chairman and principal shareholder, Joseph J. Azzata, who is also temporarily prohibited from serving as a company officer or director.

When contacted by the South Florida Business Journal, Azzata’s attorney declined to comment.

The civil suit, filed earlier this month, accuses the firm and Azzata of using a boiler room operation to sell unregistered shares in the company and defrauding investors. The lawsuit says investors, many of them elderly, some between 85 and 98, were told the funds would be used as working capital to build eCareer Holdings’ online job board and staffing business. keep reading…

Mobilegeddon Has Arrived. How Do You Rank Now?

by Apr 21, 2015, 10:49 pm ET

Screen Shot Google mobile friendly searchDid you notice any change in visitor traffic to your website today?

An untold number of sites have, the result of Google changing how it ranks search results for users on a mobile device.

Today Google unleashed its newest search ranking update, giving priority to mobile-friendly sites and demoting those that aren’t.

keep reading…

To Become a Business Partner, HR Needs an ‘Extreme Makeover’

by Apr 21, 2015, 6:49 am ET

Deloitte global talent trends chartHuman resources, as a business unit and as a profession, is failing to meet the expectations of business leaders. Not only is this true in North America, where HR has for years been yearning for the proverbial seat at the table, but it’s every bit as true in the rest of the world.

In blunt terms, Deloitte’s 2015 Human Capital Trends report says, “HR is not keeping up with the pace of change in business. Today, there is a yawning gap between what business leaders want and the capabilities of HR to deliver.”

The report declares the need for an “extreme makeover” for HR to be one of the 10 most important human capital trends this year. It’s not the first time retooling HR has appeared as a priority among the business leaders and HR professionals surveyed (3,300 respondents in this report from 106 countries). keep reading…

On April 21 You Could Lose Big If Your Careersite Is Not Mobile Friendly

by Apr 16, 2015, 10:02 pm ET

Google mobile rankingsSometime on April 21 your career site, the one you worked so hard to get on Google’s first search page, may disappear down the rabbit hole, banished to page two, three, or worse.

Next Tuesday is when Google implements a new ranking system that rewards sites that are mobile-friendly by elevating them in its search results. The flip side of that is the bad news for any website that isn’t mobile-enabled — it will fall in the rankings.

Exactly how bad will it be? Until Google’s new ranking algorithm is switched on, we won’t know for sure, but the search engine experts are calling it “Mobilegeddon” and “Mobilepocalypse.” If that seems like so much hype, consider that last year, after Google rolled-out update 4.0 to its so-called Panda ranking component, eBay lost an estimated 80 percent of its top search results. One Wall Street analyst calculated the cost at 5 percentage points of growth to the company.

History may be about to repeat itself. Only this time, worse. TechCrunch checked the mobile preparedness of all the Fortune 500 websites find only a bare majority of the sites passed muster; 44 percent failed the test. And that was a generous finding. Research firm SumAll put the percentage of unfriendly Fortune 100 sites at 67 percent. keep reading…

Jobcase: a Place for Those Not at Home on LinkedIn

by Apr 9, 2015, 11:57 pm ET

jobscoreIn a world of 100,000 (more or less) job boards and their socially focused progeny, there’s one for practically every occupation, industry, and personal interest.

The few big players — Indeed, CareerBuilder, SnagAJob, SimplyHired among them — count their monthly visitors in the millions and their dollars in the double-digit millions. The majority of commercial career sites, though, gross less than a million annually and have far fewer visitors in a year.

When they’re not worrying about what Indeed will do to their business, they’re worrying about what LinkedIn will do. Or about each other.

It makes you wonder why anyone, let alone a former Wall Street fund manager, would want to jump into the business.

But that’s what Fred Goff and a group of his associates have done, this week cutting the ribbon, so to speak, on a job board he insists is no more a job board than is LinkedIn. He describes Jobcase.com as a community for those for whom the LinkedIn mold isn’t the right fit. keep reading…

Time to Fill Average Now at 27 Working Days

by Apr 8, 2015, 9:24 pm ET

Dice time to fill 2.2015The national time-to-fill average rose in February to the highest level in 15 years. keep reading…

March Has Smallest Job Gain in More Than a Year

by Apr 3, 2015, 9:54 am ET

Econ data March 2015U.S. employers slowed hiring in March to the smallest gains since December 2013, adding a mere 126,000 jobs, far below the 245,000-250,000 predicted by labor economists. The unemployment rate was unchanged at 5.5 percent. keep reading…

Economists Wonder: Is Job Growth Slowing?

by Apr 1, 2015, 1:49 pm ET

ADP march 2015Is job growth slowing? Economists are asking that question after ADP’s monthly National Employment Report this morning said that 189,000 private sector jobs were created in March, the smallest increase since January 2014.

“There are some good reasons to think that the job growth has slowed, that we’re not going to see monthly job gains of 300,000 for a while,” Mark Zandi, chief economist of Moody’s Analytics, said after the report was released. Moody’s prepares the report in partnership with ADP.

Economists were expecting the report to show about 225,000 new private sector jobs last month, which would have been only somewhat of an improvement over February’s 214,000 new jobs, revised up slightly from an initial 212,000. keep reading…

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…