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Here’s Who’s Coming to San Diego So Far

by Jan 23, 2015, 2:56 pm ET

erewebinars-event-erc15[1] As you know, the ERE Recruiting Conference is coming up soon, April 27-29, 2015. Much of the discussions that we will be having in San Diego are driven by the readers of this publication.

My job is to bring to you the best, most innovative speakers in recruiting leadership. With that being said, I am proud to report that the list of attendees looks like a who’s who of leading organizations. 80 percent hold manager level or above positions and 86 percent are from companies with 1,000 or more employees. It’s a great list and if you aren’t on it yet, you should be. Take a look at a few of the titles and the companies who are attending.

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Los Angeles Fire Department Gets 150 Pages of Ideas to Improve Recruiting

by Jan 22, 2015, 3:07 pm ET

Screen Shot 2015-01-22 at 12.00.09 PMAmidst allegations it has relied too much on nepotism and too little on diversity, the LA fire department now has 150 pages to read about what it can do to improve the hiring process.

For other organizations, some aspects of the report may be worth taking a look at. keep reading…

As Tech Unemployment Drops, Demand for Billboards Soars

by Jan 21, 2015, 5:04 am ET

Dice billboard campaignWith a 2.5 percent unemployment rate, and demand so far outstripping supply that some firms are offering hiring bonuses to interns, Silicon Valley’s tech firms have turned to a decidedly low tech way of attracting candidates.

Billboards.

Up and down Highway 101, the Valley’s major artery, billboards have become so dear that the firms that own them have waiting lists six months long. Monthly rentals can go for as much as $40,000 in the most desirable locations. But even the cheapest ones are anything but cheap at $15,000. keep reading…

Virtual Reality Becomes a Recruiting Reality for British Army

by Jan 16, 2015, 3:39 pm ET

Screen Shot 2015-01-16 at 12.24.23 PMIt was just last August that Doug Friedman said on these pages that Oculus Rift could be used in recruiting.

That didn’t take long. keep reading…

$415 Million Proposed To Settle Anti-Poaching Case

by Jan 16, 2015, 1:30 pm ET

appleA $415 million settlement proposed by four tech giants could become one of the largest anti-poaching awards if a federal judge approves.

Apple, Google, Intel Corp and Adobe Systems agreed to the amount in a court filing yesterday. A previous offer of almost $325 million was rejected last summer by the judge in the class action case, which was filed in 2011. keep reading…

The War for Talent Comes to Colleges

by Jan 16, 2015, 5:20 am ET

NACE signing bonusCollege graduation may still be five months away, but if you haven’t already been out on the campus recruiting circuit, you’re behind.

Two out of three employers started recruiting in the fall. About half have definite plans to hit the colleges this spring. For everyone else, if you start now, you may have a crack at hiring a humanities major or a senior earning a B.A. in education. Good luck, though, if you have reqs for computer scientists, engineers, or accountants.

According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers the outlook for college seniors in 2015 is much brighter than it has been. keep reading…

Goldman Sachs Alums Launch Site for Minority Recruiting

by Jan 15, 2015, 6:45 pm ET

Screen Shot 2015-01-15 at 3.40.50 PMTwo ex-Goldman Sachs employees are launching a new site for recruiting minorities.

Porter Braswell and Ryan Williams of Jopwell have already gotten interest from some big-name firms like Facebook and McKinsey.

Jopwell is offering a searchable pool of minority candidates, with detailed profiles on each. Right now, it’s defining minority as black, Hispanic, and Native American. It also has company profiles and a platform for communicating with candidates.

U.S. Employers Feeling Pressure to Raise Wages for Some Types of Workers

by Jan 15, 2015, 5:05 am ET

Fed reserve district mapAcross the U.S., employers and the agencies that help them fill jobs are feeling increasing pressure to raise pay for workers with special skills.

Although hiring in many parts of the country and for certain sectors — manufacturing being one of the more frequently mentioned — was strong the last several weeks, growth nationally was generally minimal, the Federal Reserve said in a report on economic conditions released today. The Fed’s so-called Beige Book summarizes reports from business and employment contacts in the 12 Fed districts to provide a ground level view of conditions.

Generally, the Fed districts reported that between November and late December the pace of economic growth was “modest” or “moderate.” Consumer spending increased in most districts. Retail sales gains during the busy holiday shopping season were likewise described as “generally modest year-over-year.” keep reading…

Employee Stars, Imaginative Campaigns, and Cool Referral Programs Highlight the Best in Recruitment Advertising

by Jan 14, 2015, 5:01 am ET

Apac DavenportHere are some lessons we can draw from the best and most creative recruitment advertising, which you can use to improve your own recruiting in 2015.

Read on.

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Year Ends With Strong Jobs Growth But Economists Worry About Pay

by Jan 9, 2015, 9:46 am ET

Econ indices Dec 2014Capping the end of the strongest 12 months of U.S. job growth since well before the recession, employers added 252,000 jobs in December as the unemployment rate fell to 5.6 percent, its lowest level since June 2008.

Economists had expected a strong year-end jobs report from the U.S. Labor Department, but were predicting growth closer to about 240,000 jobs and only a slight change in November’s 5.8 percent unemployment rate.

“The economy has some momentum,” Robert Shapiro, chairman of Sonecon, an economic consultancy, told The New York Times before this morning’s report was released. “I think it’s kind of hit a stride with respect to job creation.” keep reading…

2015 Recruiting: The Year of the Blind Date

by Jan 8, 2015, 5:22 am ET

Screen Shot 2015-01-07 at 12.42.54 PMWhen I was asked recently for my thoughts on what 2015 will bring for talent acquisition, I responded: dating.

Partly, I just couldn’t get myself to repeat the endless series of annual predictions proliferating around the Internet: the year of the mobile, social, collaboration, telecommuting, people are important, blah, blah, yadda, yada. But, truly, this will be the year when the vendor talked about for years as a potential entrant into the recruiting game will finally emerge: eHarmony.

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2014 Ends With Strong Job Growth as Private Sector Adds 241k Jobs

by Jan 7, 2015, 12:58 pm ET

Total-Nonfarm-Private-Employment-by-Company-Size-December-20142014 ended on a strong note with private employers in the U.S. adding 241,000 new jobs. It’s the fourth consecutive month that ADP’s National Employment Report showed job growth over 200,000 and was well above the 225,000 jobs forecast by economists.

“The job market continues to power forward,” said Mark Zandi, chief economist of Moody’s Analytics which compiles ADP’s payroll data. “At the current pace of job growth, the economy will be back to full employment by this time next year.” keep reading…

It Pays for a Company to Have a Good Reputation

by Jan 6, 2015, 5:12 am ET

Reputation and hiringWhat’s the cost of a poor corporate reputation? Quite a bit, at least in terms of talent acquisition.

Companies like Toyota Motor Co. and energy giant BP may still be able to hire talented workers, but they’ll have to pay them significantly more than others that have never been the subject of criminal investigations.

A survey sponsored by global recruitment firm Alexander Mann found that a damaged corporate reputation won’t keep workers from hiring on — 70 percent said they’d take a job — but the salary bump would have to be better than 53 percent. Contrast that with the 93 percent who said they’d leave their current employer to go with a company that had a good reputation. And, on average, they said they’d accept a raise of about 33 percent. keep reading…

A Little Update on the Spring Conference for the New Year

by Jan 5, 2015, 2:54 pm ET

ERE2015SpringHeroI thought it’d be a good time to touch base about the spring conference in San Diego.

Here’s the latest. keep reading…

Companies Focus On Worker Stress as Talent Gets Harder to Keep

by Dec 23, 2014, 5:13 am ET

Vacancy duration Oct 2014After years of asking workers to do more with less, companies in 2015 will focus on employee burnout.

“Developing policies and procedures that relieve employees’ sense of being overwhelmed at work and promote sustainable work habits will be one of the top organizational change management initiatives of 2015,” says ClearRock, a leadership development, executive coaching, and outplacement firm.

Citing worker engagement studies from Gallup and a joint study by The Energy Project and the Harvard Business Review, ClearRock says that the high number of workers who are, to some extent, disengaged –  70 percent of the workforce, according to Gallup — results in lower productivity and the spread of negativity. keep reading…

Agency Recruiters Say Companies Need to Move Faster

by Dec 16, 2014, 6:06 am ET

MRI survey candidate driven 12.2014Candidates are quicker to turn down offers, increasingly rejecting them within weeks of their first interview.

It’s another sign of what the vast majority of agency recruiters say is a candidate-driven employment market.

MRINetwork’s most recent Recruiter Sentiment Study says 83 percent of the 333 responding recruiters describe the current employment market as candidate-driven. In three years, the percentage of recruiters who say candidates are in the driver’s seat has risen 29 points. keep reading…

Now, a Job Site for Candidates With Cold Feet

by Dec 12, 2014, 11:07 am ET

Screen Shot 2014-12-12 at 7.47.30 AMAn employee gets a new job. They’ve told their company they’re quitting. They’re going to start the new job soon. Heck, why not see what else is out there before Day 1?

Yes, there’s now a job site for them. keep reading…

5 Reasons Job Hoppers Make Great Sales Reps

by Dec 11, 2014, 5:49 am ET

Screen Shot 2014-12-02 at 11.06.19 AMAlthough recruiters are traditionally warned to stay away from job hoppers, many employers now expect candidates to have a history of job hopping. In fact, a recent survey from CareerBuilder shows that 55 percent of employers reported hiring a job hopper.

Why are recruiters ignoring the advice to avoid flighty employees?

For one, jumping from job to job is common. The CareerBuilder survey found that by age 35, 25 percent of full-time employees have held five or more jobs, while 20 percent of those ages 55 and older have had 10 or more jobs.

But there is a deeper explanation. Employers see the value job hoppers can bring to certain positions. For example, workers who frequently switch from job to job may have the personality and experience needed to excel as a sales rep.

Here are the top five reasons to consider hiring a job hopper for your open sales rep position. keep reading…

Google, Fool Top Glassdoor’s Employees’ Choice List

by Dec 10, 2014, 2:00 am ET

Glassdoor top places 2015If your company hasn’t made a “Best Places to Work” list, you should be asking “Why not?”

There are hundreds, maybe thousands of these lists. The Great Place to Work Institute has what is arguably the most prestigious. Companies spend tens of thousands to make the top 100, and even then, many don’t.

But that’s no excuse for not making some list. There are “best places” lists compiled by business journals and C of Cs. SHRM chapters have them, as do any number of organizations. Every state has one; some have several. And there’s one in practically every city of size, including in the Yukon, where Home Hardware made the list. keep reading…

For Those Tired of Cat Videos, They Can Now Watch a Job Board’s Mouse

by Dec 9, 2014, 8:49 am ET

Screen Shot 2014-12-08 at 12.48.01 PMA career site called Shine is running an ad campaign highlighting its 220,000 job posts and overall suite of services, such as employment branding. The star is a mouse. keep reading…