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Mobile Sites Win the Battle Against Apps But Leave an Apply Time bomb

David Martin
Mar 17, 2014, 12:11 am ET

statistics_smallWe tracked the mobile recruiting efforts of 100 firms over the last three years. Mobile-recruiting-native apps (those you download and install) are in decline, while mobile-optimized websites are on the increase.

Here’s what else we learned: keep reading…

You’ve Got 6 Minutes to Capture People on Your Career Site

Todd Raphael
Jan 21, 2014, 5:54 am ET

We’ve taken a look before at the days of the week desktop and mobile users are most likely to search for jobs.

New data from Peoplefluent shows how much time people spend on career sites.

Let’s take a look. keep reading…

How Does Your Mobile Strategy Compare to the Fortune 500?

Ed Newman
Jan 7, 2014, 12:09 am ET

What do companies like McDonalds, Macy’s, Dow Chemical, General Motors, AT&T, and Wal-Mart have in common? Well, aside from being some of the world’s most successful companies, with internationally recognized brands and billions in annual revenue, these are the only six companies who met all of the criteria in the third edition of the “Corporate Mobile Readiness Report.” This report is the third installment in an ongoing study conducted by iMomentous to specifically analyze the Fortune 500 regarding how prepared they are for the increasing volume of mobile job seekers.

The most shocking result of the research is that 95 percent of the Fortune 500 doesn’t have a mobile optimized job application process for candidates. keep reading…

Dell to Move Large Numbers of Employees to Flexible and Home Work

Todd Raphael
Nov 21, 2013, 3:38 pm ET

dellFor those keeping score on the work-from-home issue: there are those who believe making people get to the office can increase innovation and can even help turn a company around.

Others say home work can reduce costs, increase productivity, decrease burnout, and attract top talent. Stack Exchange says that telecommuting is not only allowed but is essential to its successful culture.

Dell has now voted, and it is coming down hard in the direction of telecommuting. keep reading…

Watch Your Words: Job Seekers Aren’t Searching for the Ones You’re Using

Leonard Palomino
Oct 25, 2013, 6:44 am ET

Every day, millions of job seekers enter millions of search terms into job search engines. On an average session, a job seeker might view hundreds of job listings and click through to dozens of job descriptions.

The search terms and location are the most obvious indicators of which jobs will be shown to a job seeker when they use a search engine. Given this obvious connection between a job seeker’s search and the job listing delivered, you might find it surprising how often employer job descriptions do not contain the words that job seekers are using in their search.

Lessons From the Cloud keep reading…

A Ranking of the World’s Human Capital

Todd Raphael
Oct 1, 2013, 4:48 pm ET

Screen Shot 2013-10-01 at 1.45.10 PMThose readers tired of hearing about the U.S. government shutdown can peruse this 500+ page PDF. It’s a new ranking of countries around the world, in a “human capital index” order.

The list comes courtesy of Mercer and the World Economic Forum, based in Switzerland — a country ranked No. 1. The U.S. is 16th.

The criteria includes such things as businesses’ ability to attract and retain talent; the physical and mental well being of the population; education levels; the legal system; and the ease of doing business.

The document first ranks countries, and then profiles each nation one by one.

keep reading…

Dollars to Donuts: Time for a New Analogy

Jody Ordioni
Apr 2, 2013, 5:38 am ET

dollars to donutsWe’re all familiar with the funny image that goes by various names, but is basically “Social media explained with donuts.” As a reminder, the full list is here.

Companies, including my own, use the “Donut List” to simplify the major social sites to novices. But as these sites add features and move to our mobile devices, the differences aren’t all that clear. keep reading…

HireRight Poll Bullish on U.S. Hiring Expectations

Rob Pickell
Apr 2, 2012, 5:41 am ET

Government data, and a new poll we did, point to a job market that looks to heat up quickly, driving higher levels of hiring and featuring a lot more people quitting for other jobs. On top of that, it’s looking like wage pressure and other retention-era factors are on the way.

Let’s look deeper. keep reading…

New Turnover Calculator

Todd Raphael
Oct 4, 2011, 10:33 am ET

A Washington, D.C. nonprofit has a new turnover calculator out, allowing you to calculate the cost of turnover online.

It’s a quick and dirty worksheet, admittedly not including all the costs and after-effects of someone leaving, like frustrated customers or clients, the costs of staffing the job temporarily, and so on.

It does include things like some recruiting costs, as well as the time it takes the newbie to get up to speed. You can find it at The Center for Economic and Policy Research.

Just How Big the Mobile Business Is

Todd Raphael
Sep 30, 2011, 5:01 am ET

Master Burnett sent over the infographic at right (click on it, probably twice, to enlarge) that he put together with Dave Martin from Brave New Talent.

Burnett emailed to say: “The digital world is globally moving at a huge pace to mobile Internet. The explosion of the smartphone and tablet is taking over the pockets of the world and will over take desktop web in 2013. The recruitment industry took 15 years to migrate from printed media to Internet media. Recently the impact of social media has provided innovation in recruitment and a new level of community driven and web-driven hiring outside of the traditional job board. Disappointingly employers have failed to maximise the mobile web and mobile apps.

Given the intrinsic partnership between social media and mobile web, employers around the world must recognize the value being missed on mobile. The attached infographic illustrates the opportunity and the failure to adopt mobile recruiting solutions.” keep reading…

Why Brits Quit

Todd Raphael
Dec 17, 2008, 2:21 pm ET

UK employees were asked why they feel disloyal to their employers — a disloyalty that results in lower productivity and turnover. Harris Interactive did the survey for CareerBuilder among 656 UK employees (employed full-time; not self-employed) ages 18 and over.

Don’t feel my employer values me 61%
Employer does not pay enough 53%
My efforts are not recognized or appreciated 46%
Not enough career advancement opportunities 42%
Benefits are not good enough 34%
Don’t like the work culture 26%
Employer doesn’t provide enough training or education 24%
Work is not challenging enough 24%
Don’t like my boss 21%

Unemployment at 5.5% and the Reluctant American Employer

Elaine Rigoli
Jun 6, 2008, 7:39 am ET

American companies are reluctant to hire, and the proof is in the Bureau of Labor Statistics new report, released early Friday morning. Here are some glimpses from the economic report, broken down into digestible nuggets:

Recession is real. Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s, says there is “no debate that the economy is in a recession.” Among other worries for the average American, beyond a lower net worth and smaller purchasing power, Zandi says it is tough to find a job, and “if you lose a job, it is tough to get back in.”

Jobless jump. The new BLS report shows that May’s jobless rate jumped to 5.5% from 5%, a sounding bell that U.S. growth is stalling.

keep reading…

Some NYC Teens Create Their Own Summer Jobs

Elaine Rigoli
May 29, 2008, 10:49 am ET

This is a new take on old-fashioned summer jobs.

Hundreds of teens from across the five boroughs in New York City, who are part of the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship, are looking to “make a job, not take a job.”

These students certainly have the entrepreneurial spirit.

keep reading…

The Sky is Falling, and So Are Tech Wages

Elaine Rigoli
May 27, 2008, 8:22 am ET

If you need parallels between our softening economic conditions and the job market as a whole, consider this depressing fact: after hitting all-time highs in 2007, hourly wages for highly skilled technology professionals dropped year-over-year during the first quarter of 2008.

Yep, tech professionals. There is no denying the market’s sluggishness after you skim the Yoh Index of Technology Wages. Tech professionals’ salaries are falling, with wages dropping 2.7% in the first-quarter, when compared to the same period in 2007.

Jim Lanzalotto, vice president of strategy and marketing for Yoh, points out that “this drop in wages this quarter, coupled with April’s negative Bureau of Labor Statistics report on employment, paints a very lackluster picture of the economy.”

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A Recruiter’s Stress Reduction Program

Elaine Rigoli
May 22, 2008, 7:39 am ET

Got stress?

Just before we head out for the long Memorial Day weekend, let’s review how stress can be the silent killer of retention in your recruiting department.

Think “silent killer” is being a bit dramatic?

keep reading…

Smokers Need Not Apply

Elaine Rigoli
May 20, 2008, 6:28 am ET

You can only hope that the best A-level candidates in Sarasota, Florida, are two-pack-a-day smokers and get turned down for employment with the county and ultimately end up working at your company.

While everyone can agree that smoking is unhealthy, should it be the primary reason to close the door on prospective new applicants? Especially prospective “star” candidates?

Well, Sarasota county government seems to think so. On Monday, it implemented a tobacco-free hiring policy for all new job applicants.

keep reading…

Visa Changes: A Shot in the Arm for Nurse Staffing

Elaine Rigoli
May 19, 2008, 8:42 am ET

Nursing shortage? Yes, we’ve all heard of it, and most people would agree that a properly staffed hospital is a basic human necessity, not a luxury.

And if you’ve been hospitalized recently, or even had to wait in a doctor’s room lately, you’re probably aware that even the best nurses are over-worked and under-paid.

So no matter what side of the immigration debate you’re on, is there really a legitimate argument left over why we’re blocking the efforts of highly motivated nursing students to stay in our country and aid the sick, tired, and needy?

keep reading…

In Honor of Mother’s Day, Show Some Love to Your Flex-Time Policies

Elaine Rigoli
May 8, 2008, 10:50 am ET

The title “working dad” might seem silly, borderline redundant. Yet, no one pauses when they hear the phrase “working mom,” a title that now applies to me and one I wear with pride as I cruise into my first Mother’s Day this weekend.

As a new working mom, I realize that not everyone is lucky enough to work for a company as progressive as ERE Media. Not everyone gets a fair maternity leave, and not everyone gets to work with a team of really amazing people who value family life and relationships.

In fact, a new survey finds that 43% of working moms would choose a pay cut in order to spend more time with their kids. Something tells me that 43% is a rather low figure, assuming the other 57% haven’t spawned a “problem child” who clings to them like a rhesus monkey that practices his high-pitched shrieks at 3 am.

keep reading…

Social Media Reflections: The Good and the Bad

Amybeth Hale
May 7, 2008, 8:31 am ET

In trying to summarize my experience at the Web 2.0 conference, I find myself thinking about how quickly technology changes the way we work, play, and in general live our lives. I’m 29 years old, and I can remember my first Atari, first Commodore 64 computer (later upgraded to a 128), my first PC, the first time I logged onto AOL (and racked up a couple of $400 bills when they still charged by the minute!), and my first cell phone (a big clunky plastic analog thing). I remember the first time I discovered chat through BBS systems, the first time I went on a date with someone I’d met online (this was way before it became socially acceptable to do so!), and the first time I sent a text message.

In reflecting back on all this stuff, I started trying to recall what I did before I had these technologies available to me. I’m sure this is a question that many of you have asked yourselves as well, especially those of you in the ‘Baby Boomer’ generation, who can remember back way further than I ever could.

Seriously, how did we survive? What did we do for entertainment? Has technology really dumbed us down so much that we literally cannot find each other in a crowd without calling or texting our locations? Are we losing the ability to communicate face to face with each other because technology has allowed us the luxury of communicating through non-verbal and impersonal means?

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Higher Degrees

Garry Kranz
May 5, 2008, 4:07 pm ET

An interesting item appeared about online degrees coming in vogue and what this means for recruiters. In short, although it seems they still prefer people with traditional four-year sheepskins, more hiring managers are warming to candidates who earned their credentials via accredited distance-learning programs. (Read: not diploma mills).

For one thing, prejudices appear to be evaporating against people going the online route, driven no doubt by companies’ voracious appetite for talent (coupled with the “where are all the good candidates?” syndrome). The line is beginning to blur between online and classroom training, with a growing number of bricks-and-mortar campuses delivering course offerings online. That’s a trend that’s been developing for a number of years.

Although slightly dated, research from The Sloan Foundation reinforces why all this is crucial to recruiters. Sloan says 20 percent of all U.S. higher education students took at least one online course in 2006. And at nearly 10 percent, the rate of growth of online enrollments far outstrips the 1.5 percent of the overall national population of higher-ed students.

keep reading…