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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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BMW, Amazon Are Tops in Reputation

by May 19, 2015, 12:08 am ET

Reputation top 10 2015The “Ultimate Driving Machine” company has powered its way to the top of the list of the world’s most reputable companies.

The Reputation Institute says BMW Group recaptured the top spot on its annual  global 100 list this year, after being unseated in 2014 by The Walt Disney Company. Disney ranked sixth on this year’s list, scoring 77.11. BMW, which scored a 77.21 in 2014, improved to a 78.98 this year. keep reading…

The Global Recruiter’s Handy Translation Guide

by May 15, 2015, 2:29 am ET

In today’s global recruiting environment, you must be sensitive to cultural issues and the nuances of translation. Because we here at Roundup want to help further your career, today’s column is a primer on those essentials.

Let’s begin. Like Realtors, recruiters have their own language. You probably won’t ever see “purple squirrel” in a help wanted posting, but “detail oriented”? Indeed finds it in 15,000 jobs in California alone.

So common. So ordinary. So what does it mean? It could mean you don’t want your employee mistaking $75 for $75,000. More likely it means, “The boss is sloppy. Your job is to catch the errors.” Or, “You’ll never get to work on the big picture stuff.”

LinkedIn writer Maria Ignatova provides a translation guide for such common job description phrases as “some overtime required” (which means you’ll work late every night), and “duties will vary” (meaning you’ll be everyone’s gopher).

Now to the job interview. keep reading…

CareerBuilder Customers Subjected to Malware Attacks

by May 14, 2015, 11:20 pm ET

ERE15Spring-Sponsor-CareerBuilderUpdate: CareerBuilder says the issue with infected emails has been resolved and is not an ongoing problem. In an email this morning (5/15), a spokeswoman said, “The attack has been addressed, affected customers were notified right away and no other incidents have occurred.”

If you are a CareerBuilder customer, be careful what resumes you open. It could be malware. Or worse.

For the last few weeks, attackers have been sending CareerBuilder customers malicious attachments disguised as resume documents in response to their online job postings. Because they appear to be trustworthy and come through the job site’s mail platform, unwitting recruiters open the document and even forward the emails to hiring managers and others, unleashing a bit of code that then automatically downloads the malware. Once that happens, the program can steal data or wreak other havoc. keep reading…

Indeed.com’s Owner Wants to Dominate By 2020

by May 14, 2015, 6:34 pm ET

Indeed sales FY2014Global jobs aggregator Indeed came close to doubling its net sales revenue for the 12 months ending March 31, growing from $201.3 million U.S.) to $386.8 million (at the current exchange rate).

Indeed’s revenue puts it in the same league as CareerBuilder, Monster, LinkedIn, and Dice, all of which reported significantly larger revenue, but much smaller growth rates. From 2013 to 2014, LinkedIn posted the biggest increase among the top job sites, growing recruitment revenue 47.5 percent. Indeed’s growth, disclosed as part of the annual financial report of its owner, Japanese conglomerate Recruit Holdings Co., was 92.2 percent (in U.S. dollars).

Recruit attributed Indeed’s growth to the SMB market, noting, “Net sales trended favorably reflecting smooth growth in service use by small and medium-sized clients.” keep reading…

Staffing Firms Must Up Pay, Benefits at Facebook

by May 13, 2015, 2:37 pm ET

facebookOne of Silicon Valley’s giants said today it will require its staffing vendors to pay their workers at least $15 an hour and give them paid sick leave and vacation.

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg announced the new policy in a blog post today.

“We are implementing a new set of standards on benefits for contractors and vendors who support Facebook in the U.S. and do a substantial amount of work with us. These benefits include a $15 minimum wage, minimum 15 paid days off for holidays, sick time, and vacation, and for those workers who don’t receive paid parental leave, a $4,000 new child benefit for new parents,” she said. keep reading…

Do Candidates Really Want a Relationship With You?

by May 12, 2015, 5:05 am ET

ere15s-logo-ere15confOne of the more frequently discussed practices running through the recent ERE Recruiting Conference was the need for recruiters to build relationships with the top talent they hope to hire.

Speakers promoted it; some hammered on it. Vendors positioned their products as enabling it. And in casual lunch conversations, leaders of some of the biggest companies discussed how their TA teams were trying to build rapport through social media and other methods, including with college students so new their freshman 15 wasn’t even their freshman 5.

It wasn’t a matter of whether, but how best to accomplish that relationship building. When something becomes a vendor selling point, you know the practice has become HR doctrine.

But should it be? Why should relationship building be the defacto objective of a TA group? keep reading…

Jobs Rebounded in April as Unemployment Drops

by May 8, 2015, 9:52 am ET

Economic Indicators April 2015Hiring rebounded last month as employers added 223,000 new workers to U.S. payrolls, providing relief for worries of a jobs slowdown.

The increase was well within the range economists were expecting in advance of this morning’s release of the Labor Department’s monthly employment report. Economists also correctly predicted the continuing drop in the national unemployment rate to 5.4 percent, the lowest since April 2008.

Investors responded to the positive report by pushing up the price of stocks. The Dow was up more than 200 points this morning on news of the jobs report. keep reading…

Job Board Revenues, Forecasts Hint at Global Hiring Slowdown

by May 7, 2015, 12:29 pm ET

Recruitment revenue q1 2015Monster this morning reported per share earnings that again beat Wall Street expectations, though its revenue for the first quarter of the year fell short of analysts’ forecasts.

The company earned 8 cents a share, after accounting for stock based compensation and restructuring costs. Without those one-time costs, earnings were 9 cents per share. Revenue came to $183.7 million; Wall Street wanted $187.1 million.

Global currency exchange rates took a toll on Monster’s overseas operations, costing it a 13 percent decline in international revenue. Even adjusting for the difference in exchange rates from Q1 of 2014, Monster’s international revenue was off 1 percent. North America also was down, declining 4 from the same quarter last year. Bookings, though, were up 6 percent in North America. Bookings are signed contracts.

These are the data points. What they suggest for the future is harder to read. The company said it expected to earn between 7 and 11 cents per share in the current quarter. Analysts forecast 8 cents. keep reading…

Early Jobs Report Suggests April Was Another Slow Month

by May 6, 2015, 2:51 pm ET

ADP apil 2015Worried investors sent stocks lower today after ADP said private employers added 167,000 jobs in April, the smallest increase in 16 months and well below the 200,000 economists were forecasting.

Compounding the surprise, the HR services and payroll processing company revised down its initial jobs report for March, lowering the already disappointing 189,000 to 175,000.

The significance of the ADP report is often questioned by economists since the numbers rarely track with the U.S. government’s monthly employment report, which it precedes by a day or two. Surveys of economists’ forecasts show they expect the government report this Friday to put April’s job growth somewhere around 225,000. keep reading…

LinkedIn Stock Hammered on Lowered Expectations

by Apr 30, 2015, 8:15 pm ET

Recruitment revenue q1 2015LinkedIn got hammered today after it scaled back its financial outlook and reported the slowest quarterly growth since it went public in 2011.

Despite another record setting revenue quarter, investors dumped shares in after-hours trading, sending the stock down by as much as 25 percent or more than $50 a share. LinkedIn closed at $252.13.

It was after the New York markets closed that LinkedIn announced it earned 57 cents a share, a penny more than Wall Street’s  consensus forecast. (Including stock-based compensation and other items typically excluded by analysts, LinkedIn lost 34 cents a share.)

Revenue for the first quarter came in at $637.9 million, also better than expected. keep reading…

Job Prospects Are Looking Up This Year for the Class of 2015

by Apr 23, 2015, 12:46 am ET

NACE hiring-predictions-2015The job prospects for this year’s college seniors are better than they have been in years, say two different employer surveys.

CareerBuilder’s survey of 2,175 hiring and human resource managers found 65 percent of them planning to hire one or more of the upcoming graduates, an eight-point increase from last year’s survey and the largest percentage since the year before the recession. keep reading…

SEC Sues Company Behind the HR Job Board OpenReq

by Apr 22, 2015, 7:21 pm ET

openreq logoA federal court in Florida has all but closed down the operations of OpenReq and its parent company, eCareer Holdings, after the Securities and Exchange Commission charged the firm and its principals with fraud and securities violations.

The court issued a temporary injunction freezing the company’s assets, and those of its chairman and principal shareholder, Joseph J. Azzata, who is also temporarily prohibited from serving as a company officer or director.

When contacted by the South Florida Business Journal, Azzata’s attorney declined to comment.

The civil suit, filed earlier this month, accuses the firm and Azzata of using a boiler room operation to sell unregistered shares in the company and defrauding investors. The lawsuit says investors, many of them elderly, some between 85 and 98, were told the funds would be used as working capital to build eCareer Holdings’ online job board and staffing business. keep reading…

Mobilegeddon Has Arrived. How Do You Rank Now?

by Apr 21, 2015, 10:49 pm ET

Screen Shot Google mobile friendly searchDid you notice any change in visitor traffic to your website today?

An untold number of sites have, the result of Google changing how it ranks search results for users on a mobile device.

Today Google unleashed its newest search ranking update, giving priority to mobile-friendly sites and demoting those that aren’t.

keep reading…

To Become a Business Partner, HR Needs an ‘Extreme Makeover’

by Apr 21, 2015, 6:49 am ET

Deloitte global talent trends chartHuman resources, as a business unit and as a profession, is failing to meet the expectations of business leaders. Not only is this true in North America, where HR has for years been yearning for the proverbial seat at the table, but it’s every bit as true in the rest of the world.

In blunt terms, Deloitte’s 2015 Human Capital Trends report says, “HR is not keeping up with the pace of change in business. Today, there is a yawning gap between what business leaders want and the capabilities of HR to deliver.”

The report declares the need for an “extreme makeover” for HR to be one of the 10 most important human capital trends this year. It’s not the first time retooling HR has appeared as a priority among the business leaders and HR professionals surveyed (3,300 respondents in this report from 106 countries). keep reading…

On April 21 You Could Lose Big If Your Careersite Is Not Mobile Friendly

by Apr 16, 2015, 10:02 pm ET

Google mobile rankingsSometime on April 21 your career site, the one you worked so hard to get on Google’s first search page, may disappear down the rabbit hole, banished to page two, three, or worse.

Next Tuesday is when Google implements a new ranking system that rewards sites that are mobile-friendly by elevating them in its search results. The flip side of that is the bad news for any website that isn’t mobile-enabled — it will fall in the rankings.

Exactly how bad will it be? Until Google’s new ranking algorithm is switched on, we won’t know for sure, but the search engine experts are calling it “Mobilegeddon” and “Mobilepocalypse.” If that seems like so much hype, consider that last year, after Google rolled-out update 4.0 to its so-called Panda ranking component, eBay lost an estimated 80 percent of its top search results. One Wall Street analyst calculated the cost at 5 percentage points of growth to the company.

History may be about to repeat itself. Only this time, worse. TechCrunch checked the mobile preparedness of all the Fortune 500 websites find only a bare majority of the sites passed muster; 44 percent failed the test. And that was a generous finding. Research firm SumAll put the percentage of unfriendly Fortune 100 sites at 67 percent. keep reading…

Jobcase: a Place for Those Not at Home on LinkedIn

by Apr 9, 2015, 11:57 pm ET

jobscoreIn a world of 100,000 (more or less) job boards and their socially focused progeny, there’s one for practically every occupation, industry, and personal interest.

The few big players — Indeed, CareerBuilder, SnagAJob, SimplyHired among them — count their monthly visitors in the millions and their dollars in the double-digit millions. The majority of commercial career sites, though, gross less than a million annually and have far fewer visitors in a year.

When they’re not worrying about what Indeed will do to their business, they’re worrying about what LinkedIn will do. Or about each other.

It makes you wonder why anyone, let alone a former Wall Street fund manager, would want to jump into the business.

But that’s what Fred Goff and a group of his associates have done, this week cutting the ribbon, so to speak, on a job board he insists is no more a job board than is LinkedIn. He describes Jobcase.com as a community for those for whom the LinkedIn mold isn’t the right fit. keep reading…

Time to Fill Average Now at 27 Working Days

by Apr 8, 2015, 9:24 pm ET

Dice time to fill 2.2015The national time-to-fill average rose in February to the highest level in 15 years. keep reading…

March Has Smallest Job Gain in More Than a Year

by Apr 3, 2015, 9:54 am ET

Econ data March 2015U.S. employers slowed hiring in March to the smallest gains since December 2013, adding a mere 126,000 jobs, far below the 245,000-250,000 predicted by labor economists. The unemployment rate was unchanged at 5.5 percent. keep reading…

Economists Wonder: Is Job Growth Slowing?

by Apr 1, 2015, 1:49 pm ET

ADP march 2015Is job growth slowing? Economists are asking that question after ADP’s monthly National Employment Report this morning said that 189,000 private sector jobs were created in March, the smallest increase since January 2014.

“There are some good reasons to think that the job growth has slowed, that we’re not going to see monthly job gains of 300,000 for a while,” Mark Zandi, chief economist of Moody’s Analytics, said after the report was released. Moody’s prepares the report in partnership with ADP.

Economists were expecting the report to show about 225,000 new private sector jobs last month, which would have been only somewhat of an improvement over February’s 214,000 new jobs, revised up slightly from an initial 212,000. keep reading…

Hurry Before Your 420 Job Costs You $4.20

by Mar 27, 2015, 12:46 am ET

WeedHire logoHey dude, if you want to save a few bucks, and you’re in need of a trimmer or a bud tender, get yourself over to WeedHire before April 2. Job postings go from free to $4.20 the day after you- know-what day.

That $4.20 has significance. If you have to ask what it is, you don’t belong on WeedHire. keep reading…