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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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Hire Whomever, But Don’t Call Them a “Human Resource”

by Dec 19, 2014, 5:03 am ET

Rabbi santaAttention recruiters! Still looking for that perfect gift to give to your most demanding hiring manager?

We here at ERE’s Roundup HQ have the solution — a personal assistant temp for a day or two. What’s so special about that you ask? Ahh, these temps come from a very unique agency called ManServants.co.

Suggests the site, “Send him as a gift to a ladyfriend’s cubicle and she’ll have a personal assistant for the day to do her bidding.” keep reading…

Agency Recruiters Say Companies Need to Move Faster

by Dec 16, 2014, 6:06 am ET

MRI survey candidate driven 12.2014Candidates are quicker to turn down offers, increasingly rejecting them within weeks of their first interview.

It’s another sign of what the vast majority of agency recruiters say is a candidate-driven employment market.

MRINetwork’s most recent Recruiter Sentiment Study says 83 percent of the 333 responding recruiters describe the current employment market as candidate-driven. In three years, the percentage of recruiters who say candidates are in the driver’s seat has risen 29 points. keep reading…

Roundup’s High Crimes and Hysterics

by Dec 12, 2014, 5:09 am ET

Butcher shopCall today’s Roundup High Crimes, Blunders and Hysterics From the World of HR.

And my oh my, what a collection it is. Let’s start with the crimes part. A meaty tale it is.

Over the pond in the UK, direct hiring is still something of a novelty. Though it is growing, most companies still turn to agencies to fill vacancies and outsource some jobs. So when Rossel Vaz applied for a cleaner job with Tesco, the giant supermarket chain, he was directed to another company that did the recruiting. keep reading…

Google, Fool Top Glassdoor’s Employees’ Choice List

by Dec 10, 2014, 2:00 am ET

Glassdoor top places 2015If your company hasn’t made a “Best Places to Work” list, you should be asking “Why not?”

There are hundreds, maybe thousands of these lists. The Great Place to Work Institute has what is arguably the most prestigious. Companies spend tens of thousands to make the top 100, and even then, many don’t.

But that’s no excuse for not making some list. There are “best places” lists compiled by business journals and C of Cs. SHRM chapters have them, as do any number of organizations. Every state has one; some have several. And there’s one in practically every city of size, including in the Yukon, where Home Hardware made the list. keep reading…

November Surprise: 321k Jobs and Higher Pay

by Dec 5, 2014, 9:41 am ET

Econ Index Nov 2014Economists were expecting November’s job growth to be about average, right around 220,000. Instead, the U.S. Labor Department this morning said employers added 321,000 jobs last month, the most in almost three years.

To add to the robust report, the government adjusted upward its initial numbers for September and October by 44,000 jobs. Together with November, the U.S. economy has averaged 241,000 new jobs each month this year. In 2013 the average for the 11 months was 204,000 and in 2012 it was 184,000.

The unemployment rate was unchanged at 5.8 percent. A year ago the rate was 7 percent. keep reading…

Executive Search Firms Having a Banner Year

by Dec 3, 2014, 11:34 pm ET

Exec search firm employees 2014Only a few years ago, in-housing executive search was a hot topic. Bring it back inside, assign high-level searches to one person or a team and you save tens of thousands or hundreds of thousands of dollars, was how the thinking went.

How many companies actually did this is hard to tell. Judging, though, from the numbers being reported by the public search firms and the Association of Executive Search Consultants, among others, executive search is having a great year, possibly its best year ever.

In 2013, companies reported that 5.9 percent of their external hires were sourced by search firms. That was almost double the 2012 percentage and the highest number in more than a decade. keep reading…

November’s 208K New Jobs to Put Pressure on Wages

by Dec 3, 2014, 12:54 pm ET

ADP Nov infographicPrivate sector employers added 208,000 jobs in November, the seventh time this year that job growth has topped 200,000.

The report from HR services and payroll process ADP says that every one of the broad industry groups it tracks added jobs, with small businesses growing the fastest. Businesses with fewer than 50 employees created 101,000 new jobs. Employers with more than 500 workers contributed 42,000 new jobs.

“November continued to show solid job growth above 200,000,” said Carlos Rodriguez, ADP president and CEO. “Small businesses continued to drive job gains adding almost half the total for the month.”

Economists, however, were forecasting even stronger growth. Surveys put their expectations at an average of about 220,000 for the month. Bloomberg’s survey of 47 economists had predictions ranging from as little as 190,000 to as much as 262,000, with the average at 222,000. keep reading…

A Turkey of A Song (You’re On Your Own for the Bird)

by Nov 26, 2014, 9:32 pm ET

As our Thanksgiving gift to you ERE brings you this special edition of turkey-flavored Roundup. (And I thank you in advance for not leaving comments like, “Sure was a real turkey,” etc.)

The special feature is attorney Jeff Nowak’s family Thanksgiving song, with lyrics that everyone who has ever dealt with FMLA issues will enjoy (a word that may not coincide with your FMLA experience).

Click the image to hear Nowak’s rendition of Albuquerque Turkey and you’ll know in a flash why he keeps his day job as co-chair of Franczek Radelet’s Labor and Employment Practice. If you prefer to avoid frightening children and pets, you can read the lyrics here.

Turkeys Are History

OK so we didn’t spend much on your Thanksgiving present, but, hey, what did you get from your employer? Bloomberg tells us 80 percent of you got nada. Its survey says the tradition of employers handing out turkeys is almost one for the history books. Only 4 percent of employers still do that. keep reading…

Are You the Kind of Recruiter Who Uses the Post Office?

by Nov 21, 2014, 12:36 am ET

Social network recruiter quizWhat kind of a recruiter are you?

Nope, that’s not a trick question. But if it were your boss asking that question, it could be. So not to give anyone any ideas, you might want to take this quiz on your own device.

Now about that quiz. It’s a Instagram/Pinterest sort of thing from UK recruiting startup Seed.Jobs. Answer a handful of questions by pointing to pictures and eight clicks later you find you’re an inbound recruiter. (I think it’s because I pack my own lunch.)

Monster Trouble In 6 Seconds

As if Monster doesn’t have enough troubles, it’s now advising candidates to fudge their resumes. Reposting a blog item from Business2Community, the article cites keep reading…

FB@Work, Facebook’s New Business Service, Being Tested

by Nov 17, 2014, 7:23 pm ET

facebookFacebook is testing a new professional service specifically intended to be used in the workplace.

The company has so far been mum about “Facebook at Work.” However, the Financial Times, which disclosed the secret project, said it is designed as a collaboration tool, allowing users to share documents, communicate with colleagues, and build networks of professional contacts. Because it will enable users to keep their social network completely separate from their professional one, the new service is being considered a competitor to LinkedIn and to services from Google and Microsoft. keep reading…

CFOs Becoming More Involved With HR

by Nov 13, 2014, 6:43 pm ET

CFO role survey 2014CFOs are becoming more involved in human resources issues, as companies more and more break down traditional silos in favor of ever greater collaboration among departments and divisions.

Better than 8 in 10 CFOs say their responsibilities have expanded in the last three years to touch areas as diverse as marketing and operations. Human resources leads the list, with 21 percent of the 2,100 CFOs surveyed saying their job now includes at least some involvement with HR issues. Following closely, 19 percent of CFOs reported having some responsibility for IT. keep reading…

100,000 Jobs Mission Hires 200K Vets

by Nov 11, 2014, 12:01 am ET

veterans day 2014As America honors its military veterans today, there is encouraging news on the jobs front: The unemployment rate for the nation’s veterans has declined sharply in the year since the last Veterans Day.

Thanks to a nationwide focus on hiring veterans, and especially younger veterans who served in the post 9/11 military, unemployment for all veterans went from 6.9 percent in October 2013 to 4.5 percent last month. The national unemployment rate dropped 1.4 percentage points to 5.4 percent. (All percentages are non-seasonally adjusted.)

Contributing to the sharp decline was a project launched three years ago by JPMorgan Chase and 10 other large employers. As its name implies, the 100,000 Jobs Mission committed to hiring 100,000 veterans by the end of 2020. Now, with more than 170 companies participating, the project has employed more than 190,000 former military. keep reading…

Monster CEO’s Severance: More Silver Than Gold

by Nov 7, 2014, 5:11 pm ET

Sal Iannuzzi

As golden parachutes go, color former Monster CEO Sal Iannuzzi’s severance package silver.

His departure from the job he held since April 2007 was announced Tuesday. He was replaced by Tim Yates, who previously served as Monster’s CFO and executive vice president before retiring last year.

Depending on the value of Monster’s stock on June 30, 2015, Iannuzzi’s last day as a Monster employee, he could leave with a severance worth more than $23 million. That amount is based on the company’s April 24 proxy statement and the November 6 8-K filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. keep reading…

Unemployment Drops as Economy Adds 214K Jobs

by Nov 7, 2014, 9:40 am ET

Econ Index Oct 2014For the ninth consecutive month job creation topped 200,000, adding 214,000 new non-farm jobs last month. Meanwhile, the unemployment rate edged down to 5.8 percent, the lowest in six years.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, which released the monthly employment report this morning, also adjusted upward its job estimates for August and September, adding 31,000 more jobs to the totals announced previously. The numbers are seasonally adjusted.

October’s initial count, subject to change when the November report is issued next month, was less than what labor economists were forecasting. Various surveys put the average of their estimates in range of about 235,000 to MarketWatch’s high of 243,000. The report was also below the 230,000 average of the previous nine months. keep reading…

Monster Names New CEO; Beats Wall Street on Earnings

by Nov 5, 2014, 1:06 am ET
Tim Yates

Tim Yates

Like so many companies these days, Monster hired a boomerang to be its new leader, announcing Tuesday morning that former CFO and current director Tim Yates will be the company’s new CEO.

The announcement was made by Sal Iannuzzi, the company’s chairman, and now former CEO and president, during the quarterly financial conference call with investment analysts. After discussing Monster’s financial performance, which surpassed Wall Street’s predictions on both earnings and revenue, Iannuzzi said he was stepping down for undisclosed personal reasons. He will remain on the board as non-executive chairman.

Such explanations might ordinarily signal a forced change of command over board unhappiness with performance or strategy or both. And with Monster’s stock trading at historic lows, it’s a reasonable assumption. However, Monster’s Three Pillar strategy, unveiled in May, shows signs of paying off. Monster earned 5 cents a share in the third quarter, beating the 3 cents a share Wall Street predicted. Revenue grew to $191.2 million, compared to analysts’ estimates of $189.9 million. keep reading…

LinkedIn Revenue Up; Company Says Rate Increase Coming

by Oct 30, 2014, 6:31 pm ET

Job board rev q3 2014The LinkedIn revenue juggernaut rolled on over the summer, growing by 45 percent, with recruitment accounting for the largest share of the $568 million the company brought in from July through the end of September.

Reporting its third quarter financial results after the U.S. markets closed this afternoon, LinkedIn said it earned 52 cents a share after excluding stock-based compensation. The consensus of Wall Street analysts was the adjusted earnings would be 39 cents a share. LinkedIn also beat its $557.49 million revenue forecast.

Taking into account the cost of the shares it gives employees as part of their compensation, LinkedIn lost $4.3 million, almost a million more than it reported in the third quarter 2013. keep reading…

Dice Posts Strong Q3; Boosts Outlook for the Year

by Oct 30, 2014, 2:13 pm ET

Dice Q3 2014Dice Holdings, publisher of multiple niche career sites including its flagship tech site Dice.com, earned 18 cents per share on third quarter revenue of $67.6 million, besting Wall Street’s expectations on all fronts.

Issuing its quarterly financial report this morning, Dice said it grew revenue 29 percent over the same quarter last year and predicted it would end 2014 with total revenue in the range of $262.5-$263 million. That’s above Wall Street’s consensus estimate of $258.97 million, and above even the highest forecast of $262.10 million. keep reading…

American Sourcers Rate Low for Search Skills

by Oct 29, 2014, 5:52 am ET

Average response rate for Li Talent global surveyDespite inventing the job of sourcer, professionals in the U.S. are less technically skilled at it than their counterparts in the rest of the world.

They are more reliant on paid LinkedIn accounts and InMail introductions than are sourcers elsewhere, yet they are ahead in using Google+, Twitter, and especially Facebook, which is used by an average of 46 percent of American sourcers versus a global average of 37 percent.

And, regardless of region, sourcers who pick up the phone to reach candidates have a far better response rate than other contact methods.

At first glance, these findings from the Global Sourcing Survey produced by Alexander Mann and Social Talent would seem to suggest American sourcers are second rate. The wording of the report’s summary of sourcing in the Americas in part does conclude, “It would appear that all American sourcers have become too reliant on InMails and too few are properly leveraging other social channels.” keep reading…

Don’t Let the Halloween Party Become a Nightmare

by Oct 27, 2014, 7:14 pm ET

jack o lanternsAcross the country, recruiters spent the late summer hiring zombies, vampires, witches, and other denizens of the dark to populate the frightful attractions (even an oceanliner) that will be gone by Sunday night.

These thousands of seasonal hires may give kids nightmares, but they’re about the only workers this week who aren’t causing costume angst for the human resources department. Even as most workers are looking forward to Friday’s Halloween party, HR is spooked by the thought someone might show up this year as an Ebola victim or a superhero dressed in what looks suspiciously like underwear. keep reading…

LinkedIn Terms Update: Your Content Is Yours (and Please Don’t Spam)

by Oct 22, 2014, 6:55 am ET

LinkedinLogoTransparentFor most recruiters, LinkedIn’s updated user agreement that goes into effect Thursday doesn’t change much. Recruiter customers will still be able to search for candidates, download profiles, send InMails, and generally source as they have before.

The biggest change is that LinkedIn says you own the content you post on the site. That, and the simplicity and clarity of the wording of the updated terms of service, have earned LinkedIn kudos with one writer calling the changes “monumental for the industry.” More about that later. keep reading…