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At Glassdoor and Gild, the Marketing Was Skilled

by Oct 9, 2014, 11:32 am ET

Screen Shot 2014-10-09 at 7.01.15 AMIn case some of the spring ERE gossip and the fall ERE gossip wasn’t enough, here’s a little of what I picked up yesterday at the HR Technology Conference in Las Vegas. keep reading…

Transportation Is Facing a Talent Shortage. How Will Employers Find the Candidates They Need?

by Oct 9, 2014, 5:47 am ET

transportationIf you’re hiring in transportation today, finding the talent you need in the coming years might seem a bit daunting.

More than in the labor market overall, employment in transportation related occupations are highly attuned to economic fluctuations. Acting as a bellwether of the nation’s economic health, that employment fell dramatically during the Great Recession. As the economy began to recover, transportation hiring outpaced other industries for two years starting in 2011. Now, consumer spending continues to improve and the energy industry is booming, meaning that demand for drivers is higher than ever. keep reading…

Time to Fill Lengthens Again

by Oct 9, 2014, 5:16 am ET

Avg time to fill Aug 2014On the heels of a survey finding that a quarter of all employers plan to add temporary staff this quarter comes a forecast that temp agency staffing will increase 8.7 percent over last year.

Temp industry consultant G. Palmer & Associates says temp employment will average 2.978 million workers in the fourth quarter. For the last quarter of 2013, the average was 2.739 million. As of September, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports temp agencies employed a record 2.934 million workers.

“Our forecast for the 2014 fourth quarter follows recent trends, demonstrating growth and indicating another increase in demand for temporary workers, marking the 19th consecutive quarter of year-over-year increases,” says Greg Palmer, founder and managing director of the Newport Beach, California human capital advisory firm.

“The data is also showing that with the advent of lower unemployment rates, labor is tightening, wages in certain categories are increasing, and temp help as a percentage of new job growth is beginning to tapper off,” he adds. keep reading…

Peace Corps Applications Way Up

by Oct 8, 2014, 12:53 pm ET

Apparently that worked.

The Peace Corps says applications (17,336) are at a 22-year high, and are up 70 percent over last year.

In July 2014, at the launch of the changes, the organization’s applications went up 400 percent over July 2013. Also: last year 23 percent of applications who started a submission finished it. Now, it’s 95 percent.

As More Employers Plan Hires, Recruiting Workers Will Get Harder Still

by Oct 8, 2014, 12:28 am ET

Hiring plan chart 2014In what could be the strongest finish since before the recession, an increasing number of employers say they intend to hire full-time permanent workers this quarter.

CareerBuilder’s quarterly survey of employers found 29 percent of them expect to add permanent headcount before the end of 2014, an increase of four percentage points over those saying that last year.

While hiring expectations don’t necessarily translate into action, so far this year more employers have ended up hiring more workers than they told CareerBuilder they planned.

The survey doesn’t say how large the headcount will grow, but numbers from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics show 2014 is on track to add more workers to the nation’s payrolls than at any time in a decade. Since January, employers have averaged 227,000 new jobs each month. For the same period last year, the average was 193,000. keep reading…

A Recruiting and HR System Is Being Built on Salesforce

by Oct 8, 2014, 12:01 am ET

salesforceYou may know that Salesforce, the wildly successful and widely used system businesses use to keep track of their customers, has also been used on occasion to keep track of job applicants. A new partnership will result in a more formal recruiting and human resources system built on the Salesforce platform. keep reading…

Cornerstone OnDemand Buying Evolv

by Oct 7, 2014, 6:23 pm ET

Late-breaking news this evening in the talent-acquisition world: I’m hearing that Cornerstone OnDemand will be buying Evolv. keep reading…

Time to Kill the Requisition?

by Oct 7, 2014, 12:48 am ET

Screen Shot 2014-09-30 at 12.58.31 PMMost corporate recruiting teams still rely on requisition-based hiring. In most cases this means they focus on recruiting for openings as they arise using whatever recruiting channels yield the “right” talent readily available. Unfortunately their processes don’t typically yield the best talent as quickly as needed, leaving operational teams frustrated with the results.

The solution is to have a pipeline of talent at the ready when a new position arises. keep reading…

The Top 100 Employment Brands of the Fortune 500

by Oct 6, 2014, 1:42 pm ET

Screen Shot 2014-10-06 at 10.29.04 AMA new list of the best employment brands among the Fortune 500 contains a lot of familiar names (if you guessed Google, you guessed right), but a few less-familiar ones too. keep reading…

Recruit Top Prospects During Their ‘Angry Hours’ — Because Timing Is Everything

by Oct 6, 2014, 12:03 am ET

An in-depth analysis on how the right timing can dramatically improve recruiting

In my experience, the hardest-to-recruit exceptional targets are those who I label as “no, and stop calling me” passive top prospects who simply won’t accept a recruiter’s call. Even though most recruiters will tell you that their lack of interest in changing jobs is unwavering, my research has found that there are exceptions that may occur once or twice during each year, and I call them “their angry hours.”

During this brief time period the prospect is open to a recruiting discussion because something has recently occurred that makes them angry about their job, their manager, or their company. And for at least a few hours … that anger makes them suddenly receptive to recruiter calls and to new job opportunities.

Timing Is Everything in Sales and Recruiting keep reading…

Startups Tackling LinkedIn, Onboarding, Hourly Hiring, Resume Screening, Interviewing

by Oct 3, 2014, 3:42 pm ET

Screen Shot 2014-10-03 at 12.36.06 PMYou know those short summaries at the top of LinkedIn, where the person describes themselves and what they do? Like this:

Connecting Talent With Opportunity At Massive Scale

or this:

The “Mad Scientist of Online Recruiting” – Specializing in Talent Acquisition, Employer Branding & Social Recruiting

or just a simple:

Public Relations Director, Human Resource Services, PricewaterhouseCoopers

Well, a new tool will help companies and employees put those summaries together. It’s just one of many new technologies in the talent acquisition field. Read on. keep reading…

September Adds 248K New Jobs as Unemployment Dips to 6-Year Low

by Oct 3, 2014, 9:43 am ET

Econ Index Sept 2014Propelled by strong hiring across a range of occupations and industries, September saw 248,000 new jobs added to the economy, which helped drive down unemployment to a six year low of 5.9 percent.

The monthly jobs report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics also adjusted upward its count of hiring in August and July, increasing both by a combined 69,000 jobs. August’s initial anemic 142,000 estimate, which surprised analysts and prompted worrying about a hiring pause, was upped to 180,000.

Today’s announcement was a more pleasant surprise. keep reading…

Someone Had to Pull Some Strings to Make This New Recruiting Video

by Oct 3, 2014, 8:07 am ET

Screen Shot 2014-10-03 at 4.55.20 AMIf you just listened to the audio — or read a transcript — of a new recruiting video from Dropbox, you wouldn’t find it all that different from any other.

It just tells you that Dropbox is down to earth, respectable of people’s out-of-work time, diverse, and full of great perks like a gym, and a tea and scones cart. It’s a place where you can not only come to work, but come to grow, one person says.

Yada, yada, yada … you’ve heard all that before. But you haven’t seen many recruiting videos whose stars look like they do in this two-minute video, below. keep reading…

What Soft Skills Are

by Oct 3, 2014, 12:03 am ET

Screen Shot 2014-09-10 at 6.13.54 AMTo some, soft skills are code for corporate culture; for others they are the emotional side of working well together as a team and being a team player. Yet to others it represents specific skills that companies spend large amounts of money to develop within their people.

I ask companies small to large what kinds of skills they are looking for in their new recruits.  They often start the conversation by saying “I can teach the hard skills specific to my organization or industry but what I really need are people that are problem solvers, can work in teams, can communicate well, have learned how to learn, and can lead teams.”

What they are saying is they need 21st-century skills or what we are calling soft skills. These five skills below are the essence of soft skills, and every company, no matter its size will either succeed or fail in the 21st century based on how well these skills are developed and used in their organization.

Let’s look at five soft skills and the role they play in your success. keep reading…

Wait’ll You Hear the Role This Company’s Hiring Managers Play in Recruiting

by Oct 2, 2014, 5:19 am ET

Screen Shot 2014-09-22 at 2.07.30 PMYou might think that little hasn’t already been said about the relationship between recruiters and hiring managers. And most everything has already been tried to better that relationship.

But what one company did is a little different. keep reading…

A Look at Employers’ Policies and Practices for Workers With Disabilities

by Oct 1, 2014, 12:25 pm ET

Screen Shot 2014-10-01 at 9.15.05 AMA new study looks at how flexible employers are and aren’t when it comes to flex time and “flex place” (working from home or offsite) for people with disabilities. keep reading…

Encouraging ADP Report May Foreshadow Strong Government Numbers

by Oct 1, 2014, 12:10 pm ET

ADP comparison change for Sept 2014With the announcement this morning that September’s private company payrolls grew by 213,000, economists are optimistic it foreshadows an even-more-robust government report due Friday. keep reading…

The Problem Might Not Be the Hiring Manager. It Might Be You.

by Oct 1, 2014, 12:26 am ET

U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Amber E. N. Jacobs/ReleasedYour talent acquisition team has been tasked with finding someone to fill a tough, high-profile, technical hiring need in engineering or science or information technology. The position is open for a while and your company’s senior leadership is getting nervous because the skill set is urgently needed on a mission-critical project.

Qualified candidates aren’t applying. Significant man-hours are being put into sourcing and recruiting for the role. Finally, an interested candidate is identified whose resume looks promising. She does well on her initial phone screen and is brought in for an interview. Things look good but then comes the hiring manager’s feedback. keep reading…

California Temps Can Now Sue Employers for Staffing Firm Violations

by Sep 30, 2014, 5:13 pm ET

California State SealCalifornia employers will now share liability with their labor contractors for complying with state labor and wage laws, including safety and workers’ compensation laws.

Governor Jerry Brown this week signed into law the hotly contested AB 1897, which extends to nearly all employers rules that previously applied to temps and contract workers in the agricultural, construction, and garment industries.

Strongly supported by organized labor, the bill was labeled a “job killer” by the California Chamber of Commerce, which sought to rally its members to have the governor veto the bill.

The bill gives temps the right to sue the company, rather than the staffing agency, for violations of California labor laws. They must first give the client employer 30 days’ notice of an alleged violation. keep reading…

Making an Offer: It’s Not All About the Money

by Sep 30, 2014, 12:58 am ET

Sometimes recruiters think that if they get the most money for the candidate, then the candidate will accept. But it’s not all about money, but more about making the candidate feel like they have a say in the hiring process and addressing their financial needskeep reading…