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‘Actively’ Promoted by Employers, High Deductible Health Plans Gain Ground Among Workers

John Zappe
Apr 16, 2014, 5:45 pm ET

employer plans with deductibles percentsThat employers have been shifting the increased cost of health benefits to their employees is hardly news. Now a new study of healthcare use shows just what that means to workers.

According to Medicine Use and Shifting Costs of Healthcare: A Review of the Use of Medicines in the United States in 2013, workers today have deductibles 150 percent higher than just five years ago, while nearly 8 in 10 plans have a general deductible of $1,000 or more.

From zero a decade ago, plans with the highest deductible — and the lowest premiums — now account for 20 percent of worker plans. These high-deductible health plans and HSAs have cut deeply into the HMO offerings that accounted for 45 percent of plans in 2004. Now, HMOs and other plans have a 23.5 percent share. keep reading…

New Site Wants People to ‘LookAtThisJob’

Todd Raphael
Apr 15, 2014, 10:52 am ET

Screen Shot 2014-04-15 at 7.50.27 AMA 25 year old has teamed with an ex-recruitment consultant and others to launch a new “crowdsourced recruiting site.”

Employers post jobs and offer money to people who get them in touch with an eventual hire.

Explained in the video below, the site is first focusing on the UK and later more of Europe.

Some other companies and launches you may not yet know of: keep reading…

Cangrade Launching to Test Soft Skills

Todd Raphael
Apr 14, 2014, 12:01 am ET

Screen Shot 2014-04-04 at 1.31.06 PMAn 10-employee assessment company out of Boston, though it has already been quietly using its product with 14 customers, officially launches today with a focus on personality and soft-skills testing.

Cangrade first takes a look at a company’s current employees — or in the case of smaller businesses, it uses “big data” already out there. (The company says its “team of experts spent years researching millions of data points from over 200,000 employees, running over 40 empirical studies, and consulting with over 20,000 of its users.”)

It analyzes the traits that are common among people already on the payroll, and analyzes the job you’re trying to fill. The CEO and co-founder Gerson Goren says it’s not heavily weighted toward one personality characteristic, like the ever-popular “extraversion” some companies seem so intent on. keep reading…

ERE Webinar: Winner! Winner! Gamification’s Impact on Generational Talent

Erinn Jacobson
Apr 11, 2014, 2:48 pm ET

Winner! Winner! Winner! That’s all your organization will be saying after incorporating “gamification” into various aspects of their recruiting strategy. With the recent surge of gamification on to the scene, you don’t want to be the only one just vaguely familiar with the topic. Join the Findly-sponsored webinar, and your host, Jim Wexler, will really define what gamification is all about; it’s applications, how it engages the audience, and whether or not gamification makes sense for your organization. If you miss out, it might mean GAME OVER for your organization in this new age of recruiting.

Date/Time of Webinar: April 16, 2014, at 2 p.m. Eastern

Registration Link:

Sponsor: Findly

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LinkedIn’s Job Suggestions Will Show Jobs at Your Own Company

Todd Raphael
Apr 10, 2014, 3:47 pm ET

Internal_JYMBI_ModuleWhat’s now an old standby — the “jobs you may be interested in” on LinkedIn — is getting a tweak.

Companies with 100 or more job slots can now do what LinkedIn’s calling “Internal Job Recommendations.” keep reading…

Small Santa Monica Ad Agency Trying Social Media/Pitch Hiring Campaign

Todd Raphael
Apr 9, 2014, 3:25 pm ET

tiny rebellionA 30-employee advertising agency near Los Angeles is trying to find a potential new employee by asking people to make a video about a charitable cause and post it on Twitter with the hashtag #TakeMyJob. keep reading…

As IT Pay Rises and Students Pursue the ‘Big Names,’ Mid-Size Firms Work Harder to Hire

John Zappe
Apr 9, 2014, 5:59 am ET

Starting salaries NACE computer 2014This year, U.S. colleges will graduate somewhere around 124,000 information technology majors.

Most of them (61 percent) will head straight into the workforce, where the average starting salary for these new grads averages $59,000. Those with masters and PhDs, and those in high-demand specialties like security, will earn much more.

Where they want to work is not much of a surprise: Google, Microsoft, Apple, Amazon, and Facebook top the list of their ideal employers, according to a Universum survey.

Besides having the advantage of an internationally known brand — of the 100 employers on Universum’s list, not one can be considered even a mid-sized company — the biggest employers have been scouting colleges for months; a few began nurturing their future candidates when the kids were still in high school. Now, with graduation looming, these employers have largely completed filling their incoming IT class of 2014.

Competing with the big name firms is not easy, agree Chris Jenkins and Lindsay Kulla. “It’s always tough competing with the Facebooks, Google, Amazons,” says Jenkins, who is senior recruiting manager for kCura, a young Chicago software firm that serves the legal industry. keep reading…

This Career Fair Is a Sign of the (Weird) Times

Todd Raphael
Apr 4, 2014, 2:29 pm ET

Screen Shot 2014-04-04 at 11.02.43 AMHere’s an opening line I likely wouldn’t have written a few years ago: a job fair next month in northern California will be all about “cryptocurrencies.”

For those who get a job at the fair, I imagine even their paychecks will look a little different than yours and mine. keep reading…

March Report: NewJobs=192k; New Workers=500k; Unemployment=6.7%

John Zappe
Apr 4, 2014, 9:45 am ET

Econ Indicators March 2014U.S. job growth in March was somewhat lower than predicted as employers added 192,000 jobs during the month. The unemployment rate remained at 6.7 percent due largely to the half-million workers who rejoined the labor force.

This morning’s report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics also upped the initial numbers for January and February, adding 37,000 more jobs. With the revisions, monthly job growth during the first quarter of the year averaged 177,700 new jobs versus 206,000 for the first quarter last year.

Analysts were expecting a March gain of about 200,000 jobs, but the various surveys of economists showed a wide range of individual estimates. (The business news services survey analysts prior to the release of the monthly government report, and then average their estimate to produce a consensus result.) How much of the decline in job growth from last year is due to the unusually bad weather is a subject of debate among economists. keep reading…

ERE Webinar — Is Your Job Ad Telling the Right Story?

Erinn Jacobson
Apr 3, 2014, 5:40 pm ET

With all the various means for posting and finding a job these days, you really need yours to stand out, rise to the top … in other words, it has to be “the best.” This is where Paul DeBettignies comes in. He will be sharing some of his best tips and practices for making a job ad truly become “the best.” In this one-hour, BirdDog-sponsored webinar, Paul will show YOU how to write and publish truly unique and captivating job ads that attract who you really want, as well as maximizing the tools job boards have to offer. There really is more content than could covered in a single blog post, sothis is one event you really will have to see for yourself.

Please join Paul DeBettignies, managing partner of Nerd Search, LLC,  for a one-hour webinar on Wednesday, April 10, at 11:00 a.m. Pacific time (2 Eastern).

Register here:

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Strong ADP Report Shows 191k New March Jobs

John Zappe
Apr 2, 2014, 12:04 pm ET

ADP March 2014The jobs picture brightened considerably in March, as 191,000 new workers were added to private sector payrolls, according to ADP’s National Employment Report.

The HR services firm, which processes payrolls for some 24 million U.S. workers, reported gains in all broad industry categories with the job growth spread almost evenly among employers ranging from the smallest (under 50 employees up by 38,000) to the largest (over 1,000 up by 53,000). keep reading…

LinkedIn Takes Legal Action Against HiringSolved, SellHack

Jeremy Roberts
Apr 2, 2014, 11:22 am ET

Apparently, the LinkedIn legal team has had a busy spring. Earlier this week, we reported on SourceCon that the professional social networking site had sent a cease and desist order to SellHack. GigaOM reported earlier today that the LinkedIn has now filed an injunction against HiringSolved, a “people aggregator” who received seed funding late last year.

The original HiringSolved suit was filed in January. An amended complaint, filed last week, names HiringSolved and it’s founder, Shon Burton. See the details of the complaint below.
keep reading…

CareerBuilder Buying Broadbean

Todd Raphael
Apr 1, 2014, 7:00 pm ET

Screen Shot 2014-04-01 at 11.26.41 AMCareerBuilder is buying a key recruiting-technology company you may not know well, part of CareerBuilder’s goal of moving from a job board to a more sweeping software provider. keep reading…

Pigeon Wi-Fi, Emojified Email, Speedier Typing: April Fool’s From the Big Brands

John Zappe
Apr 1, 2014, 12:28 pm ET

pigeon wi-fiAlready tired of the same old April Fool’s gags that get pulled in the office every year? Then get inspired by the pranking from some of the world’s best known brands, rounded up by the folks at Pocket-lint.

BMW, Google, Domino’s and Samsung have all weighed in this April 1st with videos and products, some of which we wish were real, and others which almost could be believable. (Into that latter category falls Samsung’s plan to outfit pigeons with wi-fi routers. Not as weird as it first seems when you consider Google is flying blimps over cities for that same purpose.) keep reading…

Amtrak Redoing Career Site, Analytics, Brand Message, and the Whole Candidate Experience

Todd Raphael
Apr 1, 2014, 12:02 am ET

After about a year of work, Amtrak will today relaunch both the front and back ends of its careers website, sprucing up the user experience for candidates, and moving to a new system for recruiters to manage those candidates.

It’s working on better analytics, more visuals, smoother ways of sharing job information on social media, a clearer employer brand, and an easier way for candidates to use the site from a smart phone (heck, those candidates just may be on a train).

Here's the previous version - what you got if you clicked on "careers" from Amtrak's home page.

Here’s the previous version – what you got if you clicked on “careers” from Amtrak’s home page.

Before now, if you went to and clicked on “careers,” you’d get a landing page that was up side-by-side with the train ticket-buying area (see graphic). If, from there, you clicked on a job search, you’d get a less-than-lovely job search page; there was also a page at that was ripe for revision.

No longer. keep reading…

Now That Was Some Response

Todd Raphael
Mar 31, 2014, 3:27 pm ET

We asked you to take a survey about the “state of recruiting” and the response shocked us. In a good way.

We weren’t sure just what to expect, but the 2,000+ responses was far more than our estimates. And let’s be honest, the survey wasn’t short.

The data we’re collecting is great. And valuable. We’ll still present the results in San Diego at the conference (my boss, our CEO, is a survey junkie who’s huddled up pouring over the results like a kid in a candy store) and will still get a short summary to respondents.

It’s too early to report any substantive results, but from glancing at them, I can tell you you’ll be interested in San Diego to hear the grades you’re giving hiring managers, as well as your satisfaction levels with various types of recruiting vendors.

Until San Diego, though, this is a note to say thanks. You have a lot to do and taking the time to do this was much appreciated.

Recruiting to Avoid a Rocky Mountain High — the Impact of State Marijuana Laws

Dr. John Sullivan
Mar 31, 2014, 5:34 am ET

marijuanaHow a state law becomes a recruiting issue 

I recently visited Boulder, Colorado, and guess what: everyone there was talking about the new marijuana law. If you are recruiting leader for a large corporation, you may fail to realize how much the laws of individual states can either positively or negatively impact your recruiting in that region. Take this Colorado marijuana law, for example. As a result of the law and its related publicity, firms trying to attract talent to the state may get a noticeable increase in applicants from younger workers who view the new law as a positive thing, making the state a great place to work (For example, the University of Colorado had a 33 percent spike in freshman enrollments this year. Some have attempted to attribute the rise at least in part due to the publicity around the law).

But a recruiting leader shouldn’t be surprised to find out that state laws can also have a negative impact on recruiting. Once more using the Colorado example, there is already some indication that employees with families are having second thoughts about relocating there because they are unsure about living in a state where their children could be continually exposed to widespread marijuana use. And before you make the assumption that the recruiting implications of this law are unique, realize that the same positive and negative impacts may come from other state laws relating to high profile issues. Those might include local laws covering gay rights/marriage, abortion, access to voting, tax rates, and school choice and even, as happened in Florida, gun laws.

Recruiting Challenges in a 420 World keep reading…

Upcoming Webinars You Can’t Afford To Miss

Erinn Jacobson
Mar 27, 2014, 5:05 am ET

When your best “tips and tricks” are just no longer cutting it in the playing field that is candidate sourcing, then perhaps the April 2 webinar, hosted by sourcing veteran Andre J. Boulais, manager of strategic sourcing at ExactTarget, will give you that cutting edge that may have been lost. He will be covering how ExactTarget managed to not only succeed but also thrive for two record-breaking years in a row for hiring. The “take home” knowledge from this webinar is surely going to be groundbreaking for those who need a serious update to their sourcing techniques.

But the world of recruiting is most definitely an ever-changing and evolving one, and that is why you can’t afford to miss the April 3 webinar, where Jacque Vilet will be delving deeper in the world that is strategic recruiting.

Strategic recruiting, right now, is a top three concern for 78 percent of over 1,200 CEOs from across the globe; in other words, it’s a BIG deal. Please join HR and sourcing expert Jacque Vilet as she explains what it takes if you’re a recruiter wanting to take it to the next level. Prepare to arm yourself with the information and tactics needed to not only gain a much better understanding of what strategic sourcing really means in today’s day and age as well as whether or not strategic recruiting is a good fit for your company and how to gauge that requirement and much much more!

For Talent, London Is Hot

Tom Wills
Mar 26, 2014, 5:37 am ET

RLondon is firmly established as one of the world’s hubs for finance, culture, and commerce. It stands shoulder to shoulder with contemporaries such as New York, Tokyo, and Sydney.

Being such a diverse city with staggering growth in many sectors, it’s little wonder that more and more people are heading there to begin or further their careers.

The capital has always held appeal as a place of residence for many reasons, despite cost of living increases and the recent recession still leaving a sour taste. However, there are signs that things are improving. keep reading…

What You’ll Be Talking About on Day 1 in San Diego

Todd Raphael
Mar 24, 2014, 4:46 pm ET

Screen Shot 2014-02-24 at 7.45.24 AM

The ERE Recruiting Conference is just a month away, and we’ve got the list all set for the roundtables that kick off the conference on Tuesday, April 22.

Here’s what you’ll talk about with your peers — recruiting leaders — in San Diego. Each attendee will go to two tables (because we’ll switch halfway through).

This is your first opportunity to network with the biggest, most experienced group of recruiting leaders in one place.

keep reading…