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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…

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…

New Sites Offer Employee Referrals and Job Screening Tools

by Aug 18, 2014, 4:06 pm ET

Believe it or not, not everyone’s been at the Hamptons, Martha’s Vineyard, or running around getting the kids’ school supplies this month.

Canon Europe told me it launched a new career site, and a company called STIHL told me it did too.

There are even a couple newer recruiting-technology companies you may not know of: 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…

ERE Webinar: How Gamifying Helps You Recruit and Develop Actual Talent

by Aug 13, 2014, 8:01 pm ET

Strategic thinking is obviously a key trait that you are looking for in a potential new-hire candidate, what if there was a way to gauge that without all of the costs associated with actually hiring the candidate? It can be quite discouraging to hire the potential candidate only to find that they are not a strategic thinker and then you are back to square one trying to fill that role. Well with the introduction of “gamification” on the scene that is now a realistic option. Please join host Mark Chussil as he shares the following and more in this upcoming iCIMS webinar:

  • Defining “gamification” and how to incorporate it
  • Discover what business games reveal about a potential candidates thinking
  • Experience a business game in real time yourself!

This webinar is guaranteed to be as equally informative as it is entertaining and fun! Hurry and register now as the date is closing in fast.

Date/Time of Webinar: August 20th, 2014 at 2:00pm EST

Registration Link: https://cc.readytalk.com/r/lftnnon4nyzd&eom

Sponsor: iCIMS

Please note that this webinar will NOT be recorded. Make sure you REGISTER so you do not miss out on this opportunity to hear ERE Spring Keynote Speaker Mark Chussil discuss How Gamifying Helps You Recruit and Develop Actual Talent!

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…

5 Recruitment Practices That Are Hurting Your Organization

by Aug 11, 2014, 12:01 am ET

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Some recruiting tactics are actually doing more harm than good, reducing the organization’s candidate pool and tarnishing its reputation in the process.

Check if your organization’s recruitment department follows any of these pervasive behaviors setting the wrong standards: keep reading…

ERE Webinar: Candidate Experience – Debunking the Myths, Measuring its Value, Aligning Your Practices

by Aug 8, 2014, 12:08 am ET

How you treat the candidates you don’t hire for a job can have equally as much or more impact on your business as the one person you do hire. If you’re curious about how you can approach and handle a potential candidate and with positive results, look no further. This upcoming Indeed-sponsored webinar is hosted by none other than Gerry Crispin, and Elaine Orler. The following and more is sure to be covered:

  • How the improve the candidate experience of the ones you don’t hire, and help to promote you as an employer rather than discourage you
  • Which practices are merely annoying and which ones are critical to monitor and improve

For the full webinar and all that it entails, please register today, and get ready to really learn how you can make a positive impact on your organization even at times when, unfortunately,  you have to turn down a potential candidate.

Date/Time of Registration: Thursday, August 14, 2014 at 2 p.m. EST

Registration Link: https://cc.readytalk.com/r/co2t99w7sotl&eom

Sponsor: Indeed

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…

Finder’s Fee for This Job: $100,000

by Aug 7, 2014, 3:37 pm ET

NRGThe crowdsourcing referral bonus for helping find a president of a solar-power developer has been set at $100,000. 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…

Employer Branding Beats Consumer Branding for Young Job-Seekers

by Aug 5, 2014, 12:29 am ET

Screen Shot 2014-07-21 at 7.31.34 AMTwo studies recently came out that provide interesting perspectives on how a brand is viewed by the general public and by young workers looking to start their careers. These surveys illustrate both the connection and disconnection between branding and employer branding.

The first study was conducted by CoreBrand, which annually surveys more than 10,000 business decision-makers from the top 20 percent of U.S. businesses. This is a survey of peers, not of average consumers. It determines two factors: Familiarity, based on whether respondents could name a brand’s verticals or subsidiaries; and Favorability, based on respondents’ opinions of the brand’s overall reputation, perception of management, and investment potential. CoreBrand considers brands with the highest scores in both categories to be the “Most Respected.” The top 10 of 2014 are: keep reading…

ERE Webinar: Leveraging Social Media, and More, to Become A World Class Organization

by Aug 4, 2014, 5:09 pm ET

With today’s job market heavily depending on social media and other similar technologies, it is nice to be provided a fresh perspective and bag of tricks to assist in using social media in every way possible. Please join hosts Teresa Keeler and Tracy Bolander in this Jobvite- sponsored webinar as they share the practices and procedures that took Owens Corning from non-existent to world class. Take home the following and more:

  • The ways that they leveraged social media themselves
  • The truly meaningful changes they made to their program
  • What they are currently doing to improve practices and procedures

Hurry and register now, as this is a rare opportunity to glean some valuable info from a company who directly applied these practices and experienced its benefits directly. Register today!

Date/Time of Webinar: Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at 2 p.m. EST

Registration Link: https://cc.readytalk.com/r/c2x3e4vcrg58&eom

Sponsor: Jobvite

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…

What You Need to Know Before Interviewing a Government Employee

by Aug 1, 2014, 12:01 am ET

Screen Shot 2014-07-15 at 6.58.16 PMIf your company does business with the U.S. government, there are a number of regulations and serious compliance issues to be aware of before you interview a current or former U.S. government employee. 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…

New Sites for Military Veterans, Doctors, and Crowdsourced Referrals

by Jul 30, 2014, 6:31 pm ET

Screen Shot 2014-07-29 at 11.10.43 AMA handful of the new websites and spinoffs entering the recruiting field: 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…

McKinsey Midway Through Career Site Upgrades

by Jul 29, 2014, 2:15 am ET

Screen Shot 2014-07-28 at 11.10.37 PMIn a case of a shoemaker’s kids getting shoes, the company that coined the phrase “war for talent” in 1997 is working on updates to its career pages.

McKinsey is working on the site internally. It’s  only partway through a series of changes. keep reading…