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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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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…

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…