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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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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…

Private HR Firms Are 6th in Revenue on Inc. 5000 List

by Aug 25, 2014, 4:19 pm ET

Inc. 5000 top 10Human resources firms are among the top revenue-producing sectors on this year’s Inc. 5,000 list of the 5,000 fastest growing private companies in the U.S.

With an aggregate 2013 revenue of $12.13 billion, the 199 self-identified human resource firms cumulatively ranked sixth among the 25 business sectors on the Inc. list.

The group includes HR services firms such as Trinet, the largest company to make the list with reported revenue of $1.6 billion. Its 81 percent growth over three years ranked it 3,821 on the 5000 list.  keep reading…

Do a Happy Dance ‘Cuz You’re A Corporate Recruiter

by Aug 15, 2014, 3:50 am ET

norm as hatchet manThis week Roundup brings you a collection of recruiting items truly  worthy of the tag “roundup.”

For your water-cooler chatter pleasure, I offer you a recruiting video from China, news about how some of you have a happy job, and a job posting from the Postal Service which is seeking a RIFmaster.

(Note to pop culture enthusiasts: The picture here relates to that last item. Points to everyone who can identify the show and the character. Extra points for the episode.) keep reading…

Time to Fill Has Longest Duration Since 2001

by Aug 14, 2014, 4:46 am ET

time to fill by industryThe time to fill open positions has reached a national average of just about 25 days, the lengthiest job vacancy period in the 13 years covered by the DICE‐DFH Vacancy Duration Measure.

The monthly report on time to fill and recruiting efforts says that on average it took 24.9 working days (Monday-Saturday) in June to post, source, and hire a new employee. That’s more than nine days longer than it took at the height of the recession in July 2009. Then, the average was 15.3 working days.

The report produced by careers sites publisher Dice Holdings Inc. follows a report Tuesday from the Labor Department on job openings and turnover. The report showed there were more job openings in the country — 4.7 million as of the last day of June — than at any time since February 2001. In June 2013, there were 4 million openings. keep reading…

Franchise Recruiting Vendor Hireology Gets $10 Million Investment

by Aug 12, 2014, 8:19 pm ET

HireologyOne-stop hiring shop Hireology got an infusion of $10 million in venture capital, an investment that not only will help the HR software vendor expand, but also is an  endorsement of the company by a leading HR VC firm.

Bain Capital Ventures, which provided capital financing to such companies as Taleo and LinkedIn, says Chicago-based Hireology has “strong growth potential.” Mike Krupka, Bain managing director, noted the recruiting-specialist firm, founded in 2010, grew “from a promising start-up into a major player in the HR technology field, providing easy-to-use talent management technology to organizations that previously did everything manually.” keep reading…

LinkedIn Pays; HiringSolved Plays

by Aug 8, 2014, 5:36 am ET

HiringSolved explosionWhat’s better than a hosted networking party at a recruiting conference? How about 20 pounds of Tannerite and a small arsenal of weapons, including a semi-automatic AR-15?

I’m practically giddy with appreciation for LinkedIn’s Davy and Goliath battle with startup HiringSolved. Not familiar with it? Here’s the short version: HiringSolved scraped; LinkedIn sued; HiringSolved surrendered. Now, as part of the settlement, the talent profiling aggregator has to destroy the data it collected from LI. keep reading…

Expansion of VMS, MSP Prompts Acquisition

by Aug 7, 2014, 5:59 pm ET

VMS Access logoLarge employers with high seasonal and temp hiring needs used to be the primary users of VMS and MSP services. That began to change more than a decade ago, as companies, witnessing the explosion of contract developers and others by the tech industry, saw the strategic value of bringing on temporary workers.

Ironically, the Great Recession accelerated the process. During the first difficult years, companies laid off their contingent workers before their full-timers, discovering what the seasonal hirers already knew: A contingent workforce can be RIFed quickly without paying unemployment (unless they were the employer of record), severance, or risking the negative publicity that comes with wholesale layoffs.

Betting on the continued growth of the contingent labor market, Bullhorn today announced it acquired its VMS tech partner The Code Works, and its primary product, VMS Access. No purchase price was disclosed. keep reading…

6 Specifics to Look for When Hiring Managers for Virtual Teams

by Aug 7, 2014, 12:43 am ET

Virtual work - freeNotwithstanding Yahoo’s end to telecommuting, the global trend toward virtual workplaces is accelerating. Surveys vary widely on the percentage of companies with remote workers — from about 30 percent to SHRM’s 46 percent of all companies have at least some contractors, freelancers, or remote workers who rarely, if ever, come into the office. Another estimate predicts that in a year, 40 percent of the global workforce will be virtual.

Whatever is correct, it’s undeniable that more and more workers are working remotely. And this is creating a challenge for recruiters. But it’s not in finding and hiring workers. It’s in hiring and finding the managers with the special skills and talent it takes to successfully manage a virtual workforce. keep reading…

Monster’s Weak 2nd Quarter Prompts Selloff

by Aug 5, 2014, 3:26 pm ET

Job board revenue Q2 2014Although it’s much too early yet for Monster’s ambitious “three pillars” strategy to become the transformative force executives are predicting, the financial markets were hoping the company did a little better in the second quarter of the year than in the first quarter.

It didn’t.

After Monster reported earning 8 cents a share on revenue of $194.4 million, and lowering its financial outlook for the current quarter, investors sold off shares of the struggling company at twice the normal volume, pushing down its price almost 13 percent by early afternoon. Monster stock closed Monday at $6.62 a share. Not long before the market’s close, the stock was off 15.6 percent to $5.59. keep reading…

July Job Gains Top 200K for 6th Straight Month

by Aug 1, 2014, 9:43 am ET

Econ data July 2014For the sixth consecutive month, the U.S. added more than 200,000 new jobs, a streak not seen since 1997.

Data from the U.S. government’s Bureau of Labor Statistics said 209,000 new jobs were created in July across a broad swath of industries. Unemployment nosed up slightly to 6.2 percent as a trickle of additional workers, perhaps buoyed by the job growth, reentered the labor market.

The BLS also adjusted upward its initial reports for May and June, adding another 15,000 jobs.

Earlier this week, The non-profit business research group The Conference Board said its measure of Consumer Confidence jumped 4.5 points to 90.9, the highest since before the recession. keep reading…

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…