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‘Job Gains Were Widespread’ in June, Says U.S. Govt

by Jul 3, 2014, 8:51 am ET

Screen Shot 2014-07-03 at 5.57.22 AMThe foreshadowing from yesterday turned prescient. That bad-weather, bad-economic-news first part of the year behind us, June saw job gains in a variety of industries.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says 288,000 jobs were created, about 75,000 more than expected.

Gains were “widespread,” it reported. Indeed, a variety of industries looked strong: keep reading…

Air New Zealand Launches Career Site on Mobile

by Jul 3, 2014, 2:29 am ET

Screen Shot 2014-07-02 at 10.53.57 PMA very brief follow-up on Air New Zealand, which I’d said was “working on its mobile offerings.” (The company received the 2014 ERE Recruiting Excellence award in the “best corporate careers websites” category.)

Air New Zealand’s now live with the first iteration of its new mobile site. 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…

Remaking Itself, Monster Launches New Services Today

by Jul 1, 2014, 8:30 am ET

New Monster logoMonster’s new approach to recruiting goes commercial today with the launch of two new services and a self-service CRM incorporating the search power of its 6Sense technology with a messaging and advertising capability.

The various pieces have been in testing and beta use for weeks, but were first announced on May 14 when Monster unveiled a sweeping overhaul of the pay to post recruitment advertising model it pioneered two decades ago. That strategy not only includes new tools and approaches to candidate sourcing, but a wholly new approach to job posting, adopting the aggregation model of Indeed and SimplyHired. keep reading…

More Alphas, More Betas, More Vegans in the Recruiting Technology Startup World

by Jun 27, 2014, 5:18 pm ET

Screen Shot 2014-06-27 at 2.02.29 PMLast Saturday night I went to a “Vegan Meetup” at a Los Angeles tavern. (I was accompanying the vegan, not one myself.) Why not take a few minutes off from hearing about, say, recruiting technology startups?

I told the first person I met what I did for a living. She said to me, “my friend is starting a recruiting technology company in Brazil.”

You can run, but not hide.

Just a sampling of the many new companies working to get your business, or someone’s investments: keep reading…

Indeed Buys MoBolt

by Jun 24, 2014, 12:00 pm ET

Screen Shot 2014-06-23 at 11.46.44 AMThe arms race among job boards and job aggregators continues today, as Indeed buys MoBolt to try and make it easier for employers to accept job applications from smart phones. keep reading…

Jobvite Introduces Mobile Career Site Service

by Jun 24, 2014, 12:00 pm ET

Jobvite mobile resume screenshotJobvite cut the ribbon this morning on a mobile career center service that if the reality is as cool as the screenshots, is at once simple and convenient, and brings mobile recruiting about as close to what job seekers want as any service now out there.

This is not an app, but a full-fledged career site tool that is specifically configured for mobile users, particularly those who job search on phones and small screens. Instead of merely shrinking down a full-sized site or abbreviating what already exists, Jobvite has considered the usability issue, which is one that is ignored by too many employers. keep reading…

Startup Ups the Ante for Employee Referrals

by Jun 23, 2014, 5:30 am ET

That $2,000 bonus you’re offering  for every referral hire you make is going to seem like chump change this morning for anyone who caught last night’s news.

CBS aired a piece about a Silicon Valley startup offering $20,000 — that’s right, $20,000 — for every tech hire made from a referral who came from an employee company friend or family.

“We want the best of the best,” ThoughtSpot CEO Ajeet Singh told the San Francisco Chronicle, which wrote about the rich referral before it aired on CBS. “We thought $20,000 was an interesting enough number that a lot of people might actually refer people to us.”

By no means is this the first such juicy referral bonus. keep reading…

Woof, Woof. Fido Gets to Go to Work Today

by Jun 20, 2014, 12:09 am ET

take your dog to workToday is the one day out of the year that many offices across the country have unarguably gone to the dogs. As you suspect, it’s Take Your Dog to Work Day.

For some companies, Amazon, Google, and Procter & Gamble, to name three of the larger ones, every day is a dog day. Others, not yet ready for that much togetherness, today serves as sort of a test of what is becoming a slow, if steadily growing trend toward tolerance of furry friends in the workplace.

There’s a practical side to allowing dogs, as many companies, particularly in the high-tech world. have found. A survey conducted for Wellness Natural Pet Food found that a large majority of 18-34 year-olds want to bring their pets to work, at least occasionally. That happens to be the demographic sweet spot for tech giants and startups. The latter, especially, see allowing pets as a recruiting plus when talking to candidates with dogs. keep reading…

A Stealth Startup Wants to Create a Better Way to Put Teams Together

by Jun 19, 2014, 5:35 am ET

Screen Shot 2014-05-30 at 1.31.48 PMWorking under the radar out of northern California — and Armenia — a stealth startup is building a piece of human resources technology to help in team building.

In short, companies would use the product to search their own employees’ skills, team fit, location, and availability.

Then, they’d click on profiles and piece together a team of people for a project. keep reading…

Media Eating Up Religion-of-job-candidates Story

by Jun 18, 2014, 4:53 pm ET

Screen Shot 2014-06-18 at 1.36.41 PMA study published three months ago — March 24, 2014 — is quickly making the rounds in the media and social media. In brief, the paper says that in the southern U.S. states, only one religion is helpful for job candidates to have on their resumes. keep reading…

3 New Startups Are Thinking About Pipelines, Prospects, and Passive Candidates

by Jun 18, 2014, 12:03 am ET

iphonepngA fresh crop of recruiting startups is launching, using mobile phones, CRM, and email workflow to help you manage pipelines of candidates.

Read on. keep reading…

LinkedIn Says It Has Work to Do on Diversity

by Jun 12, 2014, 6:45 pm ET

You saw Google’s diversity figures.

Now it’s LinkedIn’s turn. keep reading…

The Oil and Gas Industry Has a New Job Board

by Jun 12, 2014, 6:40 pm ET

The oil and natural gas industry has a new, visual, simple, site for people to “find their calling.” keep reading…

June 19 Webinar: Online Application Process – Help or Hindrance?

by Jun 12, 2014, 5:38 pm ET

Joining Chris Stanzione in this upcoming webinar is a surefire way to improve your current online application process. In this AppCast-sponsored webinar you will be taking home the following information pertaining to your OAP:

  • Does your online application process help or hinder the values of  your candidates, your organization, or the talent acquisition team itself? … and if so, how to identify and fix this.
  • Questions you need to ask yourself and your organization to make a much more positive and influential impact on the candidate
  • Highlighting both good and bad processes to streamline and enhance the user experience overall
  • And so much more!

Rest assured this is one webinar you will not want to miss if you want to take your candidates’ impression from your online application from “ugh …” to “WOW,” and how to make that happen immediately. After all, impressions are a big deal to most, so why not make your first impression with the candidate one that they will truly remember.

Date/Time of Webinar: June 19, 2014 at 2 p.m. EST

Registration Link:  https://cc.readytalk.com/r/56r9skj68mp4&eom

Sponsor: AppCast

June 18 Webinar: Building Recruiter Brands for the Long Road Ahead

by Jun 12, 2014, 5:34 pm ET

If you are searching for ways to extend the life and improve the impact of your recruiter brand, then look no further as Paul DeBettignies shines light on the knowledge and practices necessary for you to do exactly that. In this iCIMS-sponsored webinar, Paul will give you the following to take home:

  • If, and you most likely are, one of many recruiters contacting a candidate, what YOU can do to make yourself stand out from the rest of the crowd.
  • Ask yourself; “Would you call yourself back?”
  • The importance of incorporating media to your recruiting approach, such as television, radio. social media. etc.
  • How to make a quick comeback from a tough loss, and come back stronger
  • And so much more!

If you’re a recruiter who is serious about improving your recruiting skills and candidate experience, look no further because this webinar is shaping up to be a one-stop shop for improving multiple aspects of your recruiting approach.

Date/Time of Webinar:  June 18, 2014 at 2 p.m. EST

Registration Link:  https://cc.readytalk.com/r/shlopx3yg5mh&eom

Sponsor:  iCIMS

A Montreal Company’s Adding Audio to Screening

by Jun 10, 2014, 4:14 pm ET

voice coverWe’ve mentioned new uses of audio many times before, and a new company out of Canada is adding audio to the mix too. keep reading…

A Graphical Look at What’s Happened to America’s Jobs

by Jun 10, 2014, 12:06 am ET

Times - Mixed RecoveryWhen the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released its May employment report Friday, it marked a recovery milestone. Six years and five months after the recession began, the U.S. has finally recovered 8.7 million jobs lost through the recession’s official end in February 2010.

The 138.463 million jobs in May exceeds January 2008′s 138.365 million by 100,000.

While certainly good news, the recovery and job creation has been uneven. In a remarkable series of interactive charts, The New York Times graphically illustrates the mixed nature of the recovery. Industry by industry, using BLS data The Times shows how both the number of jobs has changed, as well as the average salaries. keep reading…

Mytasca: A New Tool for College Recruiters

by Jun 9, 2014, 7:04 pm ET

BoiseStateUniversityFour years in the making, there’s a new tool out for recruiters to learn more about colleges and career centers. keep reading…

More Personality Assessments Launching

by Jun 9, 2014, 1:24 pm ET

Screen Shot 2014-06-09 at 9.40.51 AMWhile the money flows to folks like GildHired, and Executive Employers, new companies in the recruiting and HR technology field have sprouted up and are about to, including: keep reading…