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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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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…

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…