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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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Jobs Growth Slows in July, But Job Boards Don’t

by Jul 31, 2014, 7:26 pm ET

Job board revenue Q2 2014Doubters may be questioning the strength of the U.S. jobs recovery after Wednesday’s announcement by ADP that 218,000 private sector jobs were created in July — lower than expected — but the job boards aren’t.

Two of the three publicly held careers publishers have so far reported their second-quarter results, and in both cases they’ve wowed Wall Street.

LinkedIn this afternoon announced it grew revenue by 47 percent, crossing over into billion-dollar territory halfway through the year. The company earned 51 cents a share (after adjusting for one-time expenses) versus the 39 cents predicted by analysts. keep reading…

Would the EEOC Like the Words You Use ?

by Jul 30, 2014, 12:05 am ET

DeadspinJust ahead of May’s NFL draft, the irreverent sports site Deadspin created a stir when it posted a tool to analyze the words used in scouting reports to describe black and white college football players.

You simply plug in your word picks to see how often they are used for players falling into those two racial groups. NBC Sports’ Craig Calcaterra found, among other things, that the word “gifted” appears .58 times per 10,000 words for black players and not at all for white. Plugging in “worker,” Calcaterra found it applied almost twice as often to white players as to black. And “underachiever”? The Deadspin tool shows it’s used more often to describe black players.

Now, what if instead of NFL scouting reports, this kind of analysis was used on employee performance reviews or candidate interview notes? keep reading…

Source of Hire Study: What’s Going On With Recruiting?

by Jul 25, 2014, 12:25 pm ET

Why are employee referrals down? Is LinkedIn now a job board? And what’s the significance of more hires being made the ‘old school’ way — direct sourcing, from agencies, and even temp conversions?

Watch our interview with Gerry Crispin, co-founder and partner at the recruiting consultancy CareerXroads, as he discusses the firm’s source of hire study.

Learn what’s behind the numbers and what it means to your recruiting efforts.

Source of Hire: With Referrals Down, Direct Sourcing and Agency Hires Rise

by Jul 25, 2014, 6:38 am ET

CareerXroads source of external 2014Employee referrals waned again in 2013 as a source of hire, as talent acquisition leaders increasingly leaned on other recruiting methods to fill their external hires.

The just released CareerXroads source of hire survey — its 13th — found  the 50 participating employers, some with more than 200,000 workers, relied more heavily on direct sourcing and help from third party recruiters in 2013 than at any time in the previous decade.

They also accelerated their temp conversions, which, at 4.4 percent of the full-time hires, was nearly three times the rate in 2012.

In fact, except for print, every sourcing method tracked by the recruiting  consultancy CareerXroads showed an increase in hiring activity. keep reading…

If You Think Wearing Google Glass to an Interview is Weird, See Al

by Jul 25, 2014, 12:26 am ET

Google GlassBeing so awesomely culturally plugged in, I can not believe me and my little Roundup column missed the Google Glass recruiting interview video from TMP Labs.

Cool as it is, and not so much a concept thing as entirely possible pretty much now, the TMP video gets beat hands down (and by 2.698 million views to 13,158) by a Google Glass interview video from Gonzaguetv. keep reading…

Too Slow or Too Low: Why Offers Are Being Rejected

by Jul 24, 2014, 12:36 am ET

Why offers rejected - MRI 2014It’s a job seekers market, but hiring managers haven’t yet fully adjusted to the change, with 40 percent of them taking almost a month to make an offer, only to find out in many cases that their candidate is turning them down.

Better than 8 in 10 of the MRINetwork recruiters participating in the semi-annual MRINetwork Recruiter Sentiment Study said today’s employment market is candidate-driven, a 25-point jump from the 2012 study. That means the professional, executive, and managerial candidates who are the majority of those recruited by MRI franchise offices can be more demanding when it comes to the nature of the work they want, the companies they’re willing to work for, and the compensation and benefits they’ll accept. keep reading…

Disappearing Applications, 6-Minute Toilet Times, and HR’s Abundant ‘Faulty Practices’

by Jul 18, 2014, 6:13 am ET

toiletThis July is the kind of month Roundup lives for. It’s the silly season times three.

So far this month we’ve heard about:

With More Hiring Forecast, Fill Time and Recruiting Difficulty are Rising

by Jul 11, 2014, 6:16 am ET

CB Mid-year hiring plans 2014Employers are expressing more optimism about the future and it’s showing in their hiring plans for the rest of this year.

CareerBuilder’s Midyear Job Forecast says more employers expect to add headcount in the next several months than said that last year. Employers told CareerBuilder they will add to the ranks of full and part-time workers, and 33 percent will increase their temp or contract staffing workers.

The CareerBuilder survey shows a brighter employment picture than the one at the beginning of the year. With the U.S. Congress mired in budget politics and with a renewal of the debt ceiling crisis looming, barely a quarter of the hiring managers surveyed for the report foresaw increased full or part-time hiring ahead. keep reading…

June Had Strong Job Growth, Adding 281k Says ADP

by Jul 2, 2014, 12:56 pm ET

ADP job growth chart june 2014With a private sector jobs report from ADP estimating that employers added 281,000 jobs in June — the most in almost two years — the expectation is that tomorrow’s official government report will also be a strong one.

Labor economists were taken by surprise by the strength of the ADP report. In advance of this morning’s release, surveys by Bloomberg News, Dow Jones, and others put the average guesses of various analysts between 205,000 and 213,000.

Mark Zandi, chief economist for Moody’s Analytics, which compiles the numbers from ADP payroll processing records, was optimistic about the direction of the economy. keep reading…

Remaking Itself, Monster Launches New Services Today

by Jul 1, 2014, 8:30 am ET

New Monster logoMonster’s new approach to recruiting goes commercial today with the launch of two new services and a self-service CRM incorporating the search power of its 6Sense technology with a messaging and advertising capability.

The various pieces have been in testing and beta use for weeks, but were first announced on May 14 when Monster unveiled a sweeping overhaul of the pay to post recruitment advertising model it pioneered two decades ago. That strategy not only includes new tools and approaches to candidate sourcing, but a wholly new approach to job posting, adopting the aggregation model of Indeed and SimplyHired. keep reading…

Quixotic Quixey Pinup Pitch Is Perfect Publicity Ploy

by Jun 27, 2014, 5:50 am ET

Jobs on a pinSticking a Help Wanted sign in the window works for your dry cleaner, so, who knows, maybe Quixey, a Mountain View, California, startup, might be on to something. It’s using its Castro Street display window to pitch jobs, putting a little different spin on pinning.

The mobile app search engine company has (for now, anyway) a storefront presence on the downtown main street of this Silicon Valley community. With developers as hard to come by in America’s tech heartland as pirate gold, Quixey is used to a little guerrilla recruiting. The company already hosts a monthly programming contest where engineers compete to solve three problems. Winners get $100 and Quixey builds a pipeline. keep reading…

Jobvite Introduces Mobile Career Site Service

by Jun 24, 2014, 12:00 pm ET

Jobvite mobile resume screenshotJobvite cut the ribbon this morning on a mobile career center service that if the reality is as cool as the screenshots, is at once simple and convenient, and brings mobile recruiting about as close to what job seekers want as any service now out there.

This is not an app, but a full-fledged career site tool that is specifically configured for mobile users, particularly those who job search on phones and small screens. Instead of merely shrinking down a full-sized site or abbreviating what already exists, Jobvite has considered the usability issue, which is one that is ignored by too many employers. keep reading…

Startup Ups the Ante for Employee Referrals

by Jun 23, 2014, 5:30 am ET

That $2,000 bonus you’re offering  for every referral hire you make is going to seem like chump change this morning for anyone who caught last night’s news.

CBS aired a piece about a Silicon Valley startup offering $20,000 — that’s right, $20,000 — for every tech hire made from a referral who came from an employee company friend or family.

“We want the best of the best,” ThoughtSpot CEO Ajeet Singh told the San Francisco Chronicle, which wrote about the rich referral before it aired on CBS. “We thought $20,000 was an interesting enough number that a lot of people might actually refer people to us.”

By no means is this the first such juicy referral bonus. keep reading…

Woof, Woof. Fido Gets to Go to Work Today

by Jun 20, 2014, 12:09 am ET

take your dog to workToday is the one day out of the year that many offices across the country have unarguably gone to the dogs. As you suspect, it’s Take Your Dog to Work Day.

For some companies, Amazon, Google, and Procter & Gamble, to name three of the larger ones, every day is a dog day. Others, not yet ready for that much togetherness, today serves as sort of a test of what is becoming a slow, if steadily growing trend toward tolerance of furry friends in the workplace.

There’s a practical side to allowing dogs, as many companies, particularly in the high-tech world. have found. A survey conducted for Wellness Natural Pet Food found that a large majority of 18-34 year-olds want to bring their pets to work, at least occasionally. That happens to be the demographic sweet spot for tech giants and startups. The latter, especially, see allowing pets as a recruiting plus when talking to candidates with dogs. keep reading…

From 42 Floors, Turnaround is Fair Play

by Jun 13, 2014, 5:00 am ET

Tired of those annoying calls from persistent recruiters who want your business and call, and call, and, you know, keep calling?

Darren Nix, a founder of 42Floors, a commercial real estate search engine, got so fed up with calls from tech recruiters wanting to fill the jobs his startup had, that he turned to, what else, technology for a solution. keep reading…

A Graphical Look at What’s Happened to America’s Jobs

by Jun 10, 2014, 12:06 am ET

Times - Mixed RecoveryWhen the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released its May employment report Friday, it marked a recovery milestone. Six years and five months after the recession began, the U.S. has finally recovered 8.7 million jobs lost through the recession’s official end in February 2010.

The 138.463 million jobs in May exceeds January 2008′s 138.365 million by 100,000.

While certainly good news, the recovery and job creation has been uneven. In a remarkable series of interactive charts, The New York Times graphically illustrates the mixed nature of the recovery. Industry by industry, using BLS data The Times shows how both the number of jobs has changed, as well as the average salaries. keep reading…

Companies Step Up Their HR Hiring

by Jun 9, 2014, 12:20 am ET

Indeed HR jobs 5.2014With payrolls growing and the economy improving, demand for human resource professionals is rising. Online postings for all types of human resource jobs increased 10 percent from last year, with more than 50,000 — and perhaps as many as 55,000 — advertised on career sites and elsewhere at the end of May.

Wanted Analytics, which found about 51,000 HR jobs online, said the most commonly advertised position was for HR manager, followed by recruiter, generalist, director, and coordinator, the latter typically an entry-level position.

Indeed.com, in a similar type of count, found just under 55,000 HR jobs listed on the site in May, a 5 percent increase over May 2013. Go back one month, and the percentage increase was 13 percent. Four years ago, Indeed shows there were 49,000 HR jobs on its site. keep reading…

May Job Growth Is Fourth Month Over 200K

by Jun 6, 2014, 9:51 am ET

Econ index May 2014Early indications of an anemic May employment report proved unduly pessimistic this morning when the U.S. Labor Department announced 217,000 new jobs were added during the month and that the unemployment rate was unchanged at 6.3 percent.

Analysts predicting a gain of 210,000-215,000 payroll additions in May were surprised Wednesday when payroll processor ADP’s monthly jobs report estimated a mere 179,000 new jobs. Now, with the government showing a fourth consecutive month of gains over 200,000, there’s greater confidence that job creation is finally gaining momentum. keep reading…

Try Donuts and Coke’s Networking Bottle While Learning the Ukelele

by Jun 6, 2014, 4:12 am ET

Coke and doughnutsWith the impending arrival of the equinox solstice comes the inevitable half-year company retreat.

Many are the retreats those at the lofty level of director have been compelled to suffer through. All begin alike, with breakfast spreads of fruit (lightly sampled), muffins, and the quickly disappearing doughnuts — did I mention today is National Doughnut Day? Quick factoid: The average glazed doughnut has fewer calories than the average “healthy” bran muffin or bagel with cream cheese.

Thence (yes, I’m back to the company retreat topic) begins pronouncements of the day’s mission, which may then be followed by presentations. By the noon lunch, the walls of the meeting room are papered over with poster-size Post-Its upon which have been scribbled all manner of suggestions from those who actually have taken the leader at her word that, “There are no bad ideas.” keep reading…

ADP Report Shows Hiring Slowdown in May

by Jun 4, 2014, 2:34 pm ET

ADP adds chart May 2014Private sector job growth slowed in May, says ADP’s monthly employment report out this morning. Payrolls increased by 179,000, the HR services firm estimated, which fell far short of the 210,000 economists were expecting. It was also under April’s revised ADP count of 215,000 new jobs.

“After a strong post-winter rebound in April, job growth in May slowed somewhat,” said Carlos Rodriguez, president and chief executive officer of ADP. However, he noted, “The 179,000 jobs added figure is higher than May of last year and in line with the average over the past twelve months.” keep reading…