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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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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…

As Tech Unemployment Drops, Demand for Billboards Soars

by Jan 21, 2015, 5:04 am ET

Dice billboard campaignWith a 2.5 percent unemployment rate, and demand so far outstripping supply that some firms are offering hiring bonuses to interns, Silicon Valley’s tech firms have turned to a decidedly low tech way of attracting candidates.

Billboards.

Up and down Highway 101, the Valley’s major artery, billboards have become so dear that the firms that own them have waiting lists six months long. Monthly rentals can go for as much as $40,000 in the most desirable locations. But even the cheapest ones are anything but cheap at $15,000. keep reading…

$415 Million Proposed To Settle Anti-Poaching Case

by Jan 16, 2015, 1:30 pm ET

appleA $415 million settlement proposed by four tech giants could become one of the largest anti-poaching awards if a federal judge approves.

Apple, Google, Intel Corp and Adobe Systems agreed to the amount in a court filing yesterday. A previous offer of almost $325 million was rejected last summer by the judge in the class action case, which was filed in 2011. keep reading…

The War for Talent Comes to Colleges

by Jan 16, 2015, 5:20 am ET

NACE signing bonusCollege graduation may still be five months away, but if you haven’t already been out on the campus recruiting circuit, you’re behind.

Two out of three employers started recruiting in the fall. About half have definite plans to hit the colleges this spring. For everyone else, if you start now, you may have a crack at hiring a humanities major or a senior earning a B.A. in education. Good luck, though, if you have reqs for computer scientists, engineers, or accountants.

According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers the outlook for college seniors in 2015 is much brighter than it has been. keep reading…

U.S. Employers Feeling Pressure to Raise Wages for Some Types of Workers

by Jan 15, 2015, 5:05 am ET

Fed reserve district mapAcross the U.S., employers and the agencies that help them fill jobs are feeling increasing pressure to raise pay for workers with special skills.

Although hiring in many parts of the country and for certain sectors — manufacturing being one of the more frequently mentioned — was strong the last several weeks, growth nationally was generally minimal, the Federal Reserve said in a report on economic conditions released today. The Fed’s so-called Beige Book summarizes reports from business and employment contacts in the 12 Fed districts to provide a ground level view of conditions.

Generally, the Fed districts reported that between November and late December the pace of economic growth was “modest” or “moderate.” Consumer spending increased in most districts. Retail sales gains during the busy holiday shopping season were likewise described as “generally modest year-over-year.” keep reading…

Year Ends With Strong Jobs Growth But Economists Worry About Pay

by Jan 9, 2015, 9:46 am ET

Econ indices Dec 2014Capping the end of the strongest 12 months of U.S. job growth since well before the recession, employers added 252,000 jobs in December as the unemployment rate fell to 5.6 percent, its lowest level since June 2008.

Economists had expected a strong year-end jobs report from the U.S. Labor Department, but were predicting growth closer to about 240,000 jobs and only a slight change in November’s 5.8 percent unemployment rate.

“The economy has some momentum,” Robert Shapiro, chairman of Sonecon, an economic consultancy, told The New York Times before this morning’s report was released. “I think it’s kind of hit a stride with respect to job creation.” keep reading…

2014 Ends With Strong Job Growth as Private Sector Adds 241k Jobs

by Jan 7, 2015, 12:58 pm ET

Total-Nonfarm-Private-Employment-by-Company-Size-December-20142014 ended on a strong note with private employers in the U.S. adding 241,000 new jobs. It’s the fourth consecutive month that ADP’s National Employment Report showed job growth over 200,000 and was well above the 225,000 jobs forecast by economists.

“The job market continues to power forward,” said Mark Zandi, chief economist of Moody’s Analytics which compiles ADP’s payroll data. “At the current pace of job growth, the economy will be back to full employment by this time next year.” keep reading…

It Pays for a Company to Have a Good Reputation

by Jan 6, 2015, 5:12 am ET

Reputation and hiringWhat’s the cost of a poor corporate reputation? Quite a bit, at least in terms of talent acquisition.

Companies like Toyota Motor Co. and energy giant BP may still be able to hire talented workers, but they’ll have to pay them significantly more than others that have never been the subject of criminal investigations.

A survey sponsored by global recruitment firm Alexander Mann found that a damaged corporate reputation won’t keep workers from hiring on — 70 percent said they’d take a job — but the salary bump would have to be better than 53 percent. Contrast that with the 93 percent who said they’d leave their current employer to go with a company that had a good reputation. And, on average, they said they’d accept a raise of about 33 percent. keep reading…

Surveys Agree: More Employers Will Add Jobs, Making Recruiting Even More Competitive

by Jan 1, 2015, 12:15 am ET

CareerBuilder 2015 Job ForecastThe pace of hiring will quicken in 2015, as more employers plan to add staff than at any time since the start of the recession.

Surveys by a trio of organizations found employers generally optimistic about growth in the year ahead, with more of them than at any time in the past seven years planning to add workers.

Released just this morning, CareerBuilder’s annual job survey found 36 percent of employers expect to add permanent, full-time staff this year. That’s a 50 percent increase over what employers said at the beginning of 2014.

Manpower’s Employment Outlook Survey, released early in December, found similar optimism among employers. The global staffing agency’s survey of 18,000+ employers found a seasonally adjusted 19 percent of them plan to add staff in the first quarter alone. keep reading…

Companies Focus On Worker Stress as Talent Gets Harder to Keep

by Dec 23, 2014, 5:13 am ET

Vacancy duration Oct 2014After years of asking workers to do more with less, companies in 2015 will focus on employee burnout.

“Developing policies and procedures that relieve employees’ sense of being overwhelmed at work and promote sustainable work habits will be one of the top organizational change management initiatives of 2015,” says ClearRock, a leadership development, executive coaching, and outplacement firm.

Citing worker engagement studies from Gallup and a joint study by The Energy Project and the Harvard Business Review, ClearRock says that the high number of workers who are, to some extent, disengaged –  70 percent of the workforce, according to Gallup — results in lower productivity and the spread of negativity. keep reading…

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…