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A Quick Look at Spring Events

Todd Raphael
Mar 19, 2014, 3:18 pm ET

Screen Shot 2014-02-24 at 7.45.24 AMThere’s so much we got going on this spring that you may not know of it all.

I thought I’d run down a few of our upcoming events. Let me know (212-671-1181 x 806) if you have any questions. OK, here goes:

- The ERE Recruiting Conference & Expo is coming up in a month. This really is the only event for in-house recruiting-leaders to get their departments to perform better and navigate all you have to navigate (hiring managers, unrealistic expectations, etc). We’ve added more speakers (from Zappos, Ingram Micro, and more) to the conference agenda coming up in San Diego, already loaded with speakers from everywhere from Oakley to Honeywell to FedEx, International Paper, Johnson Controls, Amazon, Stryker, Unitedhealth, EA, and a long list of other well-known companies. Time’s running out to register for this one.

- A new event, the High Performance Workforce Summit, is coming up in Atlanta in May. It’s produced by our site. This one’s for HR and talent management leaders focused on business success. The agenda includes CHRO and executive speakers who will provide best practices, key trends, tools, how-to’s, metrics, and unique perspectives. It’s anchored by eight CHROs from organizations like IBM, MasterCard, SunTrust Banks, New York Life, along with other executive speakers.

- We also have some great upcoming webinars including topics such as internal mobility & succession planning; as well as one on inspiring employees to make, not break, your brand; and a webinar on applicant tracking systems.

The 2014 ERE Recruiting Excellence Award Winners

Todd Raphael
Mar 19, 2014, 5:07 am ET

ere-awards-logo-2014You saw the list of finalists — a group that, like I said in that post, really all are honorees given how close of a call most every category was, and how many good applications there were that didn’t make the final cut.

Now let’s look at the final winners. Thanks again to the judges.

Best College Recruiting Program keep reading…

Why Are You Losing Talent? Because They Don’t Know You Care (and You May Not)

John Zappe
Mar 19, 2014, 12:02 am ET

Why quit linkedin surveyWith the rate of voluntary quits in the U.S. approaching pre-recession levels — 22.8 percent in 2013 — it’s no surprise that in a survey last year HR professionals and talent acquisition leaders identified retention and its twin “internal mobility” as one of the five top trends.

Nearly 40 percent of the 553 U.S. recruiting leaders who took part in LinkedIn’s global recruiting survey last year said they are increasing their internal hiring volume. Globally, the percentage was even higher.

“Internal candidates are typically higher quality; plus their skills, performance, and cultural fit are known,” LinkedIn’s Leela Srinivasan told SHRM in a report the society did on the survey. The report observed that 51 percent of the talent leaders acknowledged a “need to increase candidate awareness of relevant in-house opportunities.”

Now, just a few months shy of a year later, comes a new LinkedIn survey of workers who changed jobs. And what they told LinkedIn is that the No. 1 reason they left was the opportunity for career advancement.

Shockingly, 75 percent of the U.S. workers were unaware of their previous employer’s internal mobility program. We can’t tell if awareness would have made a difference, but the statistic does point up a very significant disconnect between what workers know and what HR thinks they know. keep reading…

Bullhorn’s S Release: Built for Speed and Ease of Use

John Zappe
Mar 18, 2014, 7:00 am ET

Bullhorn logoA year and some months after acquiring the popular MaxHire and Sendouts, Bullhorn is releasing its overhauled ATS, incorporating some of their best features while fixing one of the biggest complaints with its own SaaS system. Bullhorn now runs on MACs, as well as on PCs and mobile devices.

The new S Release announced today is not an integration of its late 2012 acquisitions of the two software providers. Their systems will continue to be offered and supported. But Andrew Hally, Bullhorn’s VP of  of product and marketing, expects that when MaxHire and Sendouts users see what S Release can do, they’ll switch.

The two most significant changes — besides fixing the Mac compatibility problem of prior Bullhorn ATS versions — are speed of performance and ease of use. The system is now so fast that the announcement of its release says it is three times faster than any prior version. keep reading…

One Way to Tell How Many Job Candidates Are Graduating

Todd Raphael
Mar 17, 2014, 4:35 pm ET

The largest schools for engineers in the Chicago area.

A company that helps employers examine the labor supply of such potential employees as truckers, nurses, and retailers, as well as physical therapists and women in IT, is out with a new tool for measuring the number of people graduating. keep reading…

An Office ‘Fit’ Shakespeare Would Love

John Zappe
Mar 13, 2014, 5:57 am ET
Addison temp Andy Planck portrays Trevor Graydon, performing in Thoroughly Modern Millie.

Addison temp Andy Planck portrays Trevor Graydon, performing in Thoroughly Modern Millie.

At the Addison Group, when the job orders come in for office temps, sourcing candidates takes on the look of a casting call.

Since 2010, when the Chicago-based national staffing firm first discovered actors make great admins, Addison now actively courts the community, counting over 100 performers and theatrical workers in its database. Today, says Ed Kavanagh, president of Addison’s administrative division, 25-35 percent of the contract placements come from the theatrical community.

They are mostly actors and actresses. Some, though, are acting coaches, a few are writers, and others may work behind the scenes while hoping to land a role. What they have in common is their ability to fit into so many different environments.

“Typically, actors are very comfortable in different roles,” Kavanagh says. Many have improv experience, which requires them to respond to situations and people with no prior planning. “Actors, actresses really do a good job reading people and they fit in very well. They are very adaptable.”

Temping also fits their lifestyle. It gives them the flexibility to make it to tryouts and casting calls, while still having a source of income. Should they land a role, they can they can cut back on their temp work.

Addison recruiters have learned over the years how to work with the theatrical community. “We really work hard behind the scenes,” says Kavanagh, to properly vet the candidates and work with their schedules. keep reading…

I Think You’ve Heard of This Company Looking for a Technical Director

Todd Raphael
Mar 12, 2014, 10:24 am ET

Screen Shot 2014-03-11 at 12.38.51 PMDo people leave jobs at ERE Media? Rarely, but yes. We did have one leave, and are looking to fill the job.

We’re not paying a commission to a recruiter reading this post, but are offering a good job if you know of anyone.

This job’s a Technical Director. The person can work from home. Things aren’t boring around here — we have a bit of a startup mentality and change a lot, and like to add new things. We’re a small business so we all tend to do a lot of pitching in.

Re: the company … Yes, I talk to some of you at midnight and then am up at 5:30 for an overseas call; but, at the same time, there’s always the possibility I could be writing this right now while on a treadmill and no one would barely notice.

So we’re pretty flexible.

We have a comprehensive benefits package.

We’re OK with people who either do not currently have a job, or who are so-called “active candidates.”

Anyhow, on to the job itself: it’s part technical support, and part web development. keep reading…

Job Boards, Recruiters Are Top Source of Job News for IT Engineers

John Zappe
Mar 11, 2014, 9:00 am ET

Glassdoor_RecruitSoftwareEngineersNot having any luck reaching out to software engineers? Here’s some advice from Glassdoor: Keep trying.

Seventy percent of engineers say recruiters are one of the most common ways they hear about new opportunities. Friends, social media, former co-workers — nothing ranks higher than recruiters for new job information, with the very narrow exception of job boards. But with only 71 percent giving them the edge, it’s a statistical dead heat. And, when you consider how accessible and ubiquitous the posting sites are, recruiters must be doing something right.

What they most value in a recruiter is transparency. By far the largest share (81 percent) of the respondents to Glassdoor’s survey of some 1,400 employed software engineers said they most value recruiters who tell them the pros and cons of different companies. Recruiters who fudge even a little run the risk of a turndown should the candidate discover the company isn’t quite as it was portrayed. Nearly every engineer in the survey — 97 percent — said they read the online reviews before they accept a job offer. keep reading…

Celebrate Employee Appreciation Day by Hosting an SAT Test

John Zappe
Mar 7, 2014, 11:29 am ET

SAT sample testYou didn’t forget, did you? Forget that today is Employee Appreciation Day? Or forget what your high school SAT scores were?

First things first, which, for our more-or-less weekly roundup columns means that we begin with the weird, the odd, and the stuff you just gotta shake your head at. In this case, that’s the SATs.

Now, just as the company behind the Scholastic Aptitude Tests is overhauling the test, and saying it’s barely relevant, employers are starting to ask candidates for their SAT scores. It would be one thing — an odd thing, considering the test is taken in high school — if the candidates were upcoming or recent college grads. But The Wall Street Journal says mid-career people are being asked for their scores. keep reading…

February Jobs Report: Better Than Expected; Not as Good as Last Year

John Zappe
Mar 7, 2014, 9:40 am ET

February 2014 econ indicatorsLess crippled than economists predicted by the nasty weather that gripped much of the nation last month, the U.S.Department of Labor reported this morning the economy improved hiring in February, adding 175,000 new jobs. That was 25,000 more jobs than the average of analyst estimates.

In this touch-and-go recovery, gains higher than expected are good news. But the numbers over the last three months are anemic compared to last year’s average 190,000 new monthly jobs. February 2013, unencumbered by bitter weather, saw 280,000 new jobs. keep reading…

2014 ERE Recruiting Excellence Awards Finalists

Todd Raphael
Mar 7, 2014, 12:32 am ET

Screen Shot 2014-02-24 at 9.21.03 AMFinalists for this year’s ERE Recruiting Excellence Awards run the gamut: lots of new names; some familiar names who’ve been honored in the past, and one quite colorful name.

They join a select group of companies who’ve been named in the past: the Dells, the Microsofts, the Whirlpools, UPSs, Enterprises, and Marriotts of the corporate world.

Thanks to the judges for their hard work looking over hundreds of words and dozens of Powerpoints, Excel spreadsheets, videos, and PDFs from Turkey, the Netherlands, Hungary, Germany, India, New Zealand, the U.S., Australia, and elsewhere.

The finalists are below. In the past, we named the winners at the spring ERE conference. Not this year. We’ll announce them on by the end of March, with some of the honorees presenting or being interviewed at the fall ERE conference, September 17-18 in Chicago, or featured in website articles on, or webinars. So expect to hear more about the winners, and what they’ve done to win.

There’s no better time than this to say that these finalists, though not the short list of winners, are winners. Yes, that sounds corny, but for these awards, it’s the truth, as in most every category, a hair separated the winner from the finalists, and just beating out the other applicants to become a finalist is a big accomplishment. Here’s the list, in alphabetical order within the categories.

keep reading…

This Is What Iowa Looks Like

Todd Raphael
Mar 5, 2014, 1:34 pm ET

Screen Shot 2014-03-05 at 10.15.32 AMAn Iowa City company has put up two webcams to show potential employees that Iowa is a bit more than just cornfields. keep reading…

Weather Blamed Again for Weak Job Showing

John Zappe
Mar 5, 2014, 12:47 pm ET

ADP Feb 2014 sector changes Mother Nature is again being blamed for slow job growth, following this morning’s release of new job estimates that are among the lowest in months.

ADP’s National Employment Report says the economy added a meager 139,000 new private sector jobs in February, well below the 155,000 to 160,000 consensus estimates of labor analysts.

The report, which included annual revisions to previous ADPs reports, adjusted January’s private sector numbers to 127,000 from an initial 175,000.

Mark Zandi, chief economist of Moody’s Analytics, said, “February was another soft month for the job market. Employment was weak across a number of industries. Bad winter weather, especially in mid-month, weighed on payrolls. Job growth is expected to improve with warmer temperatures.” keep reading…

A Great Lineup Is Building for the Rapid-fire Session in San Diego

Todd Raphael
Mar 5, 2014, 5:16 am ET

Screen Shot 2014-02-27 at 1.10.41 PMWe’ve held rapid-fire sessions at our ERE Recruiting Conferences in the past, but not quite this way before.

A great lineup is in the works for the rapid-fire session at the upcoming ERE Recruiting Conference in San Diego next month.

Here’s how the April 24 session works. We will hand a mic to some of our attendees (mostly picked in advance) who will line up and give a short tip or valuable piece of advice for their peers.

Right now, among the folks slated are: keep reading…

A Connecticut Startup Is Turning Audio Interviews Into Emailed Words

Todd Raphael
Mar 4, 2014, 6:05 pm ET

Screen Shot 2014-03-04 at 2.57.41 PMYou may have heard that there’s a company that’ll actually analyze the voice of job candidates you’re interviewing. Now, there’s a product from a different company whose features include turning interview screens into transcripts for you to evaluate.  keep reading…

Supreme Court to Decide if Security Check Time Is Compensable

John Zappe
Mar 4, 2014, 2:48 pm ET

Amazon logo A case that has the potential to cost staffing companies — and, in turn, their clients — hundreds of millions of dollars is headed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The justices agreed to hear a FLSA suit against Amazon’s temp worker provider Integrity Staffing Solutions over whether workers should be paid for the time they spend going through company security on their way home.

Two former employees provided by Integrity who worked at Amazon’s two Nevada warehouses sued the retailer’s staffing firm demanding to be paid for the 20-25 minutes it routinely takes them to clear the daily security check. Because the case was filed as a class action, it could affect many or most of the estimated 38,000 temps at Amazon’s three dozen U.S. warehouses and distribution centers. keep reading…

Never Underestimate the Power Of Social Media

John Zappe
Mar 4, 2014, 5:56 am ET

Not Kelly BlazekBeing Kelly Blazek has got to be so hard these days. When other Kelly Blazeks have to change their LinkedIn profiles to say they aren’t that Kelly Blazek, you just know things must be nasty for the Kelly who is that Kelly.

The Kelly who is that Kelly and the self-proclaimed “House Mother” of the Cleveland Job Bank became the target of international scorn after her nasty response to a 26-year-old marketing communications hopeful went viral. Besides denying Diana Mekota access to the popular local job bank, Blazek fired off a drippingly sarcastic email calling her “a total stranger who has nothing to offer me.” keep reading…

ERE Webinar: Best Practices to Ensure High ROI

Erinn Jacobson
Mar 4, 2014, 5:55 am ET

Need to boost your recruiting project but the higher-ups are being stingy with the budget? Let Russ Moon aka “The Sourcing Samurai” show you his ways to guarantee a higher ROI and have the management team eating out of your hand. Join Russ in this webinar sponsored by Jobvite; in one hour he will show you the tools, practices, and metrics needed to convince senior leadership the necessity of your request.

Please join Russ Moon, for a one-hour webinar on Tuesday, March 11, at 11:00 a.m. Pacific time (2 Eastern).

Register here:

Can’t attend? No problem! Sign up and receive a recording to view at a time that is more convenient for you!

ERE Webinar: Technology Trends in Recruiting You Can’t Afford to Ignore

Erinn Jacobson
Mar 4, 2014, 5:50 am ET

If you’re involved in today’s ever changing recruiting market you’re well aware of its dependency on technology. Don’t be left in the dark on today’s newest and most valuable technology trends in this presentation sponsored by Zalp. In one hour you will learn enough tips and tricks to help take your recruiting program from the stone age to the space age. Like the title says…this is one webinar you can’t afford to miss.

Please join Elaine Orler and her panel, for a one-hour webinar on Thursday, March 13, at 11:00 a.m. Pacific time (2 Eastern).

Register here:

Can’t attend? No problem! Sign up and receive a recording to view at a time that is more convenient for you!

New Deloitte New Zealand Videos Use Humor to Stand Out in Competitive Market

Todd Raphael
Mar 4, 2014, 12:01 am ET

Screen Shot 2014-03-03 at 4.04.08 PMDeloitte New Zealand has been one to watch for some time, whether it’s taking a cue from Miley Cyrus on Facebook, or the 2013 intern and grad campaign.

That last one in particular got such good feedback, according to Deloitte New Zealand Talent Acquisition Manager Laura Wiltshier, that the firm “wanted to try something different but keep momentum building.” keep reading…