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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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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…

Fed Bank Says Worker Shortages Putting Pressure On Pay

by Oct 16, 2014, 6:40 pm ET

Reports from the Federal Reserve say shortages of skilled workers in a variety of trades are showing up here and there across the U.S., putting upward pressure on pay.

Employers are having to pay more to attract workers in construction and manufacturing in several parts of the U.S. In parts of the Midwest, mid-Atlantic region, and the Northern Plains states, transportation workers are seeing somewhat higher pay. And in New York the number of workers quitting to take higher paying jobs is on the rise.

That shortages of some professionals exist is nothing new. Last week Dice reported that unemployment among tech professionals had fallen to an average 2.7 percent in the third quarter. And SHRM’s LINE Report for October said its measure of recruiting difficulty has been going up for seven months straight.

But the Fed’s October 15th “Beige Book” notes that “Most Districts reported that some employers had difficulty finding qualified workers for certain positions.” (The nation is divided into 12 federal reserve districts.) keep reading…

Time to Fill Lengthens Again

by Oct 9, 2014, 5:16 am ET

Avg time to fill Aug 2014On the heels of a survey finding that a quarter of all employers plan to add temporary staff this quarter comes a forecast that temp agency staffing will increase 8.7 percent over last year.

Temp industry consultant G. Palmer & Associates says temp employment will average 2.978 million workers in the fourth quarter. For the last quarter of 2013, the average was 2.739 million. As of September, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports temp agencies employed a record 2.934 million workers.

“Our forecast for the 2014 fourth quarter follows recent trends, demonstrating growth and indicating another increase in demand for temporary workers, marking the 19th consecutive quarter of year-over-year increases,” says Greg Palmer, founder and managing director of the Newport Beach, California human capital advisory firm.

“The data is also showing that with the advent of lower unemployment rates, labor is tightening, wages in certain categories are increasing, and temp help as a percentage of new job growth is beginning to tapper off,” he adds. keep reading…

As More Employers Plan Hires, Recruiting Workers Will Get Harder Still

by Oct 8, 2014, 12:28 am ET

Hiring plan chart 2014In what could be the strongest finish since before the recession, an increasing number of employers say they intend to hire full-time permanent workers this quarter.

CareerBuilder’s quarterly survey of employers found 29 percent of them expect to add permanent headcount before the end of 2014, an increase of four percentage points over those saying that last year.

While hiring expectations don’t necessarily translate into action, so far this year more employers have ended up hiring more workers than they told CareerBuilder they planned.

The survey doesn’t say how large the headcount will grow, but numbers from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics show 2014 is on track to add more workers to the nation’s payrolls than at any time in a decade. Since January, employers have averaged 227,000 new jobs each month. For the same period last year, the average was 193,000. keep reading…

September Adds 248K New Jobs as Unemployment Dips to 6-Year Low

by Oct 3, 2014, 9:43 am ET

Econ Index Sept 2014Propelled by strong hiring across a range of occupations and industries, September saw 248,000 new jobs added to the economy, which helped drive down unemployment to a six year low of 5.9 percent.

The monthly jobs report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics also adjusted upward its count of hiring in August and July, increasing both by a combined 69,000 jobs. August’s initial anemic 142,000 estimate, which surprised analysts and prompted worrying about a hiring pause, was upped to 180,000.

Today’s announcement was a more pleasant surprise. keep reading…

Encouraging ADP Report May Foreshadow Strong Government Numbers

by Oct 1, 2014, 12:10 pm ET

ADP comparison change for Sept 2014With the announcement this morning that September’s private company payrolls grew by 213,000, economists are optimistic it foreshadows an even-more-robust government report due Friday. keep reading…

California Temps Can Now Sue Employers for Staffing Firm Violations

by Sep 30, 2014, 5:13 pm ET

California State SealCalifornia employers will now share liability with their labor contractors for complying with state labor and wage laws, including safety and workers’ compensation laws.

Governor Jerry Brown this week signed into law the hotly contested AB 1897, which extends to nearly all employers rules that previously applied to temps and contract workers in the agricultural, construction, and garment industries.

Strongly supported by organized labor, the bill was labeled a “job killer” by the California Chamber of Commerce, which sought to rally its members to have the governor veto the bill.

The bill gives temps the right to sue the company, rather than the staffing agency, for violations of California labor laws. They must first give the client employer 30 days’ notice of an alleged violation. keep reading…

What CHROs at Public Companies Earn

by Sep 26, 2014, 5:55 am ET

CHRO Pay top 10The nation’s 50 highest-paid human resource executives saw their average comp package decline by 6.9 percent last year, and that’s after a 2012 cut that averaged 6.3 percent.

They may have to cut back on the caviar, but none are in danger of going hungry. keep reading…

Celebrate Resume Update Month by Updating Your Own

by Sep 25, 2014, 3:57 am ET

resumeWhen was the last time you updated your resume? And all those profiles on the business networks?

You’re a professional recruiter, so you don’t need to be told how important it is to keep a fresh, updated resume at the ready. But just in case, now would be a good time to make sure everything is current. It is, after all, Update Your Resume Month.

“Keeping your resume up-to-date is a lot like networking — it’s something you should always be doing whether or not you’re hunting for a new job,’ says author and noted career coach Fred Myers. Yet as that saying about the cobbler’s children having no shoes reminds us, it’s easy to overlook doing for yourself what you advise others to do. keep reading…

Demand for Recruiters Is Rising Strongly While HR Demand Drops

by Sep 24, 2014, 12:53 am ET

Growth in recruiter jobs on indeedDemand for recruiters is rising as employers emboldened by improving economic signals in the U.S. and globally add new jobs, only to find it ever more difficult to hire the workers they want.

Wanted Analytics says the number of online job listings for recruiters rose 4.5 percent in August from the same 30-day period a year before. In the HR category, recruiter jobs are now second only to the listings for HR managers, says Wanted. The research firm analyzes online listings from corporate sites, job boards, and elsewhere to create reports on the types of jobs being advertised and other information and business intelligence. keep reading…

Jobs Staying Open Longer Than Ever

by Sep 23, 2014, 12:01 am ET

July 2014 JOLTSAugust may have disappointed labor analysts with its unexpectedly low count of new jobs, but for recruiters, the evidence out of Washington and elsewhere says recruiting difficulty is only going to get worse.

Nationally, it took 24.9 business days (Monday-Saturday are business days for this report) to fill a job in July, according to the Dice-DFH Vacancy Duration Measure. That’s a bare tick off June’s 25.1 days. Meanwhile, the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Summary from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, put July’s openings rate at 3.3, a 22 percent increase over the 2.7 in July 2013. keep reading…

Welcome to the Friday ERE Recruiting Video Show

by Sep 12, 2014, 5:25 am ET

Editor’s note: ERE neither encourages nor endorses the watching of any of the videos in this post during the time you should be working. But if you must, we suggest taking these job security precautions: 1) Turn down the volume; 2) Open a second tab to LinkedIn so you can quickly switch away; 3) Avoid laughing out loud; 4) Share this post from a computer other than your own.

Never let it be said that Roundup doesn’t know what recruiter reality is. Over the years your Roundup correspondent has dutifully brought you the entertaining, the culturally unique, the over the top (or is that the first one in this inventory?), and even a winning IKEA recruiting video. (Keep IKEA in mind. We will return there shortly.)

Today, however, I bring you a genuine peek at 57 seconds in the life of a staffing keep reading…

Worker Drug Test Positives Rise for First Time Since 2003

by Sep 11, 2014, 12:14 am ET

Quest drug test 2013 resultsAfter a decade of slowly declining workplace drug test results, Quest Diagnostics said the trend reversed last year with more workers testing positive, particularly for marijuana and amphetamines.

Although the total positive results are small — of 7.6 million urine tests 3.7 percent were positive — it does represent a 5.5 percent increase from 2012′s 3.5  percent positives and it is the first increase since 2003, when 4.5 percent of the samples found traces of drugs. keep reading…

Armed With Data, Kesha Owens Fears No Hiring Manager

by Sep 9, 2014, 12:08 am ET
Kesha Owens

Kesha Owens

When Kesha Owens meets with hiring managers about a req, she goes in armed.

Her weapon of choice? Data.

Data showing the comp for the job locally and nationally. Data showing the number of available candidates and where the supply is greatest and who else is looking for the same candidates. And that’s just part of the ammunition she has these days when she explains to hiring managers why relocation needs to be included or why the comp is too low or … You get the idea.

“Without that data you go into meetings with managers and you are rambling,” says Owens, manager of recruiting and training at Lincoln Electric, a global provider of welding equipment and cutting tools with one of the most studied of business models, including multiple articles published by the Harvard Business School. keep reading…

August’s 142,000 Jobs Is Weakest Growth This Year

by Sep 5, 2014, 9:42 am ET

Econ indicators Aug 2014 v2Even taking into account the usual summer hiring slowdown, this morning’s jobs report from the U.S. Labor Department can only be called surprising. The Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics said 142,000 new jobs were created in August, a number far off the 220,000 to 230,000 economists forecast. Unemployment inched down to 6.1 percent from 6.2 percent.

It was the smallest increase yet this year, and follows six months of gains over 200,000 jobs each. Going into August, the monthly average gain in new jobs was 230,000.

Yesterday’s private sector jobs report from ADP and Moody Analytics foreshadowed a lower August job growth when it came in at 204,000, which was also below expectations. Few, though, expected so big a decline, which was also accompanied by a net downward revision of June and July’s numbers of 28,000.

The slight decline in the unemployment rate came from fewer working-age Americans participating in the labor force. The participation rate in August dropped back to 62.8 percent from 62.9 percent, hovering near historic lows. keep reading…

August Job Growth Slows; Just a Summer Dip?

by Sep 4, 2014, 1:12 pm ET

Econ indicators Aug 2014 v1The hand-wringing over today’s ADP private employment report should not be taken as evidence of any kind of sudden reversal of hiring.

The 204,000 private sector jobs ADP and its forecasting partner, Moody’s Analytics, said were created in August demonstrates that the hiring surge of the last several months still has legs. That the number was less than the 215,000-220,000 jobs economists expected and the lowest count since March, may be disappointing, but the August dip is familiar to any recruiter with more than a few years experience.

Hiring historically slows in August and again around the end-of-the-year holidays. Last year, ADP reported 296,900 new jobs in June and 212,400 in July. In August, the job creation count dropped to 190,200. It was back up in September to 215,000. keep reading…

Social Network Just for Military Is Helping Vets Get Jobs

by Sep 4, 2014, 12:27 pm ET

rallypoint homepageWhen active military are ready for a new assignment, seniority allows them to request certain postings. Military procedure is that they discuss the options with a human resources officer. Even the best of the HR officers, though, can only hope to know of some of the potentially thousands of openings and locations worldwide.

Recently discharged veterans and those not long from returning to civilian life have a different problem. Finding a job for them is complicated by the different languages military HR and civilian recruiters speak. Often, in the translation, too much is lost, leaving highly trained specialists struggling for any entry-level positions. keep reading…

Monster Unveils Tool to Find Gold in the ATS Tailings

by Sep 3, 2014, 8:31 am ET

Mining taling-freeYears ago, when the technology of the day extracted all the gold it was capable of extracting from the tons of earth dug by miners, the remainder was dumped as tailings.

Today, new technology and a historic gold price has made it profitable — immensely so for some operators — to sift through those tailings for the leftover mineral. Reprocessing of a tailings heap in Australia has already yielded $1 billion in gold.

There’s a lesson here for recruiters. Your ATS — or whatever you use — is a gold mine, even though so many treat the resumes of candidates they promised “to keep on file” the way miners once treated tailings. New technology and a tightening demand for skilled workers is now making it more attractive than ever to sift through your candidate database to find the workers with the skills and background you need. keep reading…

In IT, College Degrees Take Backseat to Skills, Experience

by Aug 29, 2014, 5:28 am ET

Glassodoor Q2 employee surveyBy a surprisingly large percentage, CIOs put more emphasis on skills and experience than on tech degrees from prestigious universities.

A Robert Half Technology survey of some 2,400 chief information officers at companies with more than 100 employees found 71 percent place “more weight on skills and experience than on whether or not a candidate attended college/university.” Another 12 percent said university prestige didn’t matter at all. keep reading…

Kill Time Today Reading About Pot, Voice, and Imbibing Idiots

by Aug 29, 2014, 1:57 am ET

empty conference roomGood morning valued reader. Before we get to today’s Roundup subjects — sex, drugs, and a British worker survey — I want to thank you on behalf of the entire ERE staff for coming to work today.

Those empty cubicles around you mean only one thing: You can catch up on your ERE reading.

And, since no candidate any hiring manager will want to hire will answer your call today, when you finish with this, you might as well clean up your desk, sort through your inbox, and, if you’re one of those people, clean out the office fridge.

That’s what most Brits do when killing time in the office. The upside is you have a clean desk, a clean mailbox, and the appreciation of your vacationing colleagues, except for that person whose mold experiment you tossed out. keep reading…