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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…

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…

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…

Pinball Parties Working for Austin Software Developer

by Jul 22, 2014, 5:20 pm ET

pinballzAn Austin software developer called Q2 says it’s having success — “record attendance,” according to a senior recruiter — holding events at a local arcade, and its event last week will net maybe 8-10 more hires. keep reading…

TeamPlayer Wants You to Hire People Who Are Compatible

by Jul 17, 2014, 2:54 pm ET

Screen Shot 2014-07-17 at 9.26.12 AMI went to a Jobvite “roadshow” networking event in Los Angeles this week, and the first attendee I met — well, dedicated ERE.net readers can guess exactly what he said to me: “I’m starting a recruiting technology company!”

In this case the guy’s name is Jim Lanas. He’s a Vietnam-era veteran and a recruiter in the medical field, whose new company, TeamPlayerHR, is in the assessment field. But it’s not exactly a personality or psychometric assessment (and it drives Lanas bonkers when people assume it is).

Let me explain how this works. keep reading…

Here Are the Countries and the States Where People Want (and Don’t Want) to Work

by Jul 16, 2014, 12:01 am ET

Screen Shot 2014-07-15 at 10.40.15 AMWhat countries do job seekers most want to move to? How about away from? In the U.S., where do they most want to go … and what states do they want to leave?

Where People Search for Jobs, a new report from Indeed Hiring Lab, takes a stab at those questions.

Let’s take a look (click to enlarge any of them). keep reading…

Charles Schwab’s New Site Is for Feeling, Not Just Transacting

by Jul 15, 2014, 3:39 pm ET

Screen Shot 2014-07-10 at 11.09.10 PMBig photos and a big emphasis on diversity, women, and veterans highlight Charles Schwab’s new careers website.

The new career pages, part of a larger “about Schwab” series of pages — play up the “people business” — not just the financial services business — that Schwab is in. keep reading…

U.S. Govt Updates Info on Pregnancy-related Discrimination

by Jul 15, 2014, 3:08 pm ET

Screen Shot 2014-07-15 at 11.47.11 AMThere’s new info out from the EEOC in the U.S. about pregnancy discrimination, the first big explanation of federal pregnancy-related rules in 30 years.

It’s not all recruiting related; much of what the government is spelling out deals with employees already on the job.

But, there are some sections on applicants. keep reading…

It’s the U.S. Peace Corps’ Turn to Improve the Candidate Experience

by Jul 15, 2014, 9:36 am ET

Screen Shot 2014-07-15 at 6.31.27 AMEven the 50+ year old Peace Corps is getting a job-application makeover.

The application is shorter; what used to take eight hours and involve 60 printed pages should now take less than an hour.

On top of that, there’ll be clear dates for applying and for finding out if you’re accepted.

The process is explained in this PDF.

Finance Hiring Site ‘Street of Walls’ Rebranding as ‘Vettery’

by Jul 14, 2014, 10:00 pm ET

Screen Shot 2014-07-14 at 1.15.21 PMStreet of Walls, a recruiting company for the financial field, is relaunching and changing its name. keep reading…

Passive Candidates Are the Target of Two More Startups

by Jul 14, 2014, 3:28 pm ET

Screen Shot 2014-07-11 at 9.57.53 AMSpeaking of pipelines, passives, and prospects: there’s more where that came from.

Two new recruiting technology companies are launching with passive candidates in mind. keep reading…

What LeBron James Can Teach Us About Hiring

by Jul 14, 2014, 12:16 am ET

Screen Shot 2014-07-13 at 9.17.23 PMI’m amused when sports analysts state their predictions with near certainty. Take for example ESPN’s David Thorpe saying on July 10 that the chances of NBA superstar LeBron James returning to the Miami Heat next season were 99 percent. The following day, James announced he would play for the Cleveland Cavaliers.

We hiring managers and recruiters know you can’t guarantee human performance. The best you can do is conduct pre-employment tests, ask candidates insightful interview questions, gather gobs of important data about them, and then play the percentages based on your analysis of the data.

For example, if Candidate A has a track record of switching jobs every six to nine months and Candidate B has reached 10 years of tenure for her two previous employers, who should you reasonably bet will remain with your company five years from now? There’s no guarantee if you select Candidate B they will stay with your organization a long time, but the odds are in your favor.

Which brings me back to LeBron and to an important hiring rule of thumb. keep reading…

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…

ERE Webinar: 5 Crowdsourcing Tactics – Uncover Talent Where Least Expected

by Jul 10, 2014, 5:00 pm ET

When the talent you want is not submitting resumes or logging in to career sites, how do you go about reaching someone, who oftentimes is nearly impossible to get in contact with? Please join Kevin Wheeler in this upcoming webinar as he shares the following:

  • The TOP 5 Crowdsourcing tips and their relevance and importance
  • How to use various forms of Crowdsourcing
  • Outlining the requirements for you as a recruiter to incorporate Crowdsourcing into an effective tool
  • And much more!

Hurry and sign up now as the date for this one is closing in. Now more than ever Crowdsourcing is becoming an effective, and implemented approach to recruiting as well as provide some fresh perspectives on the already well-established recruiting methods. This is surely one webinar you will not want to miss.

Date/Time of Webinar: July 16, 2014 at 2 p.m. EST

Registration Link: https://cc.readytalk.com/r/l13al43oaqq0&eom