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If You Want Empathy, Talk to Your Dog, Not Your Manager

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John Zappe
Apr 4, 2014, 5:19 am ET

giraffe empathyEmpathy is not a skill recruiters and hiring managers include on job descriptions, which explains why it’s in short supply among American managers.

How do we know this? Because the leadership coaching and outplacement firm Lee Hecht Harrison did a survey asking workers about their manager’s empathy. “How would you rate your manager’s ability to demonstrate empathy for employee situations?” was the question. Virtually non-existent, was the answer of 52 percent of the respondents.

“Empathy isn’t a weakness, but fundamental to good management,” says Kristen Leverone, senior vice president for LHH’s Global Talent Development Practice. keep reading…

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

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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…

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

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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…

Staffing, Search Firms Turn Cautious, Citing Skills Shortage, Economy as Issues

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John Zappe
Feb 19, 2014, 12:37 am ET

Bullhorn report coverComing off a strong 2013, recruiting and staffing firms are turning more cautious this year, scaling back both their plans to add staff and open new branches.

“2013 was by almost all accounts a very good year for the staffing and recruiting industry,” says a report out this week from Bullhorn, a technology provider that serves the staffing and independent recruiting sectors. Revenue and placements increased last year the company notes in its fourth annual North American Staffing and Recruiting Trends Report.

“However,” cautions Bullhorn, “There are signs of a slowdown for 2014.” As evidence it cites: keep reading…

Love Is in the Air (and HR Is Sniffing It Out)

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John Zappe
Feb 14, 2014, 12:07 am ET

Jim and Pam The office weddingIf you need yet another reason to know why everyone outside of HR thinks Catbert is not a fictional character, look no further than this data point: “32 percent of HR professionals say employers have the right to prohibit workplace romance between employees.”

On this, the most romantic day of the year, a full third of HR monitors are poised to swarm the office back stairways and broom closets, and snoop amongst the flower arrangements for evidence of co-worker love. Had Toby been the Evil HR Lady Jim and Pam would never have married. keep reading…

Temp Bill Rates Predicted to Rise This Year

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John Zappe
Feb 12, 2014, 5:51 am ET

temp labor bill ratesTemp labor reached new heights last year as employers ratcheted up the use of contract workers, ending the year with 2.8 million temp employees, a 7.9 percent increase for the year.

Staffing firms added jobs at an average of 16,875 a month last year, the fastest pace since 2010, a turnaround year from the recession that began in 2007. Temp growth was slower in January, with 8,100 new jobs. However, too much shouldn’t read into the month, as January’s temp numbers are rarely useful predictors of the rest of the year. keep reading…

Healthcare Law Helps to Spur More Medical Jobs Growth

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John Zappe
Jan 13, 2014, 12:05 am ET

Growth in largest healthcare occupationsWhatever you may think of the new Affordable Care Act, it’s already creating new healthcare jobs, and increasing demand for nurse practitioners and physician assistants.

“Nurse practitioners and physician assistants are attractive options because they can do 75 to 85 percent of the work a physician does at 55 to 65 percent of the cost,” says Susan Mesa, president of the Atlanta locum tenens staffing firm Advanced Practice.com.   keep reading…

2013 Ends With Big Jump in Private Sector Jobs

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John Zappe
Jan 8, 2014, 12:21 pm ET

ADP Dec. 2013 Change by sectorThe New Year is starting on a positive note with HR services firm ADP reporting this morning that December saw more new jobs created than any month since November 2012. All industry sectors contributed to the 238,000 non-farm, private sector jobs added last month.

ADP and its partner Moody Analytics also adjusted upward the job gains for November and October by a combined 35,000. Construction was a powerful driver of the gain, adding 48,000 jobs last month, the most since February 2006. Manufacturing added 19,000 jobs, the second-biggest gain for the sector in more than a year. Even finance and financial activities posted a gain. keep reading…

Tech Hiring Isn’t Going to Get any Easier This Year

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John Zappe
Jan 6, 2014, 6:41 am ET

infographic_tech_hiring_v5.0Hoping for a break in recruiting tech professionals this year? Not much chance of that, says the IT career site Dice.com. Not only is there no sign of a letup in tech hiring, the evidence is that recruiting IT professionals is going to be harder than ever.

Dice.com surveyed hiring managers and recruiting professionals to find 73 percent of them report their companies plan to do more hiring of tech workers in the next several months. Nearly a quarter of all the survey respondents told Dice their tech hiring would be “substantial.”

Lured by more pay, the number of professionals switching jobs is growing. More than 40 percent of the survey respondents said they’ve lost tech staff in the last six months. That compares to just over 30 percent who said that in the spring survey. The No. 1 reason for the job changes: pay, reported three-quarters of the survey participants. keep reading…

CareerBuilder Jobs Forecast: Cautious Hiring Ahead

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John Zappe
Dec 31, 2013, 3:31 am ET

CB job forecast 2014 hiring changeInfluenced by the budget uncertainty in Washington, HR professionals and hiring managers in CareerBuilder’s annual survey of hiring intentions said they expected to increase headcount in 2014, but the numbers and the rate of hire would depend on Congressional action about the debt ceiling.

The budget bill President Obama signed last week resolved only part of the national fiscal uncertainty. The debt ceiling, which is due to come in February, is a different matter. Both parties has so far signaled their intention not to compromise on raising the federal borrowing limit. keep reading…

Order Big, Be Large, and Raise Your Status at Work

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John Zappe
Dec 13, 2013, 7:59 am ET

LinkedIn buzzword recruiter listIf hard work and being a team player hasn’t done the trick for you, there’s another, simpler way to raise your status: order large pizzas and venti coffees.

Researchers studying the relationship between cultural influences and food choices a few years ago found people associate bigger with greater social status. You know the drill; bigger house, bigger car, and, it seems, super-sized food choices.

Now why is a two-year-old study suddenly popping up? Because Andrew O’Connell, who authors the Daily Stat blog at the Harvard Business Review, mentioned it in a post on Quartz and seeing it made me think of all the other studies and surveys I’ve dismissed but now want to tell you about. keep reading…

Employers In Conservative Locales More Likely to Disciminate Based on Social Media Profiles

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John Zappe
Nov 27, 2013, 9:05 am ET

Social media bias findingEmployers who background their job applicants on social media are more likely to discriminate against Muslims, an effect that is even more pronounced in conservative states and localities.

The study by Carnegie Mellon University researchers involved thousands of fictitious resumes and dummied-up Facebook profiles to portray candidates as either Muslim or Christian. A second part of the experiment involved candidates whose profiles indicated they were either straight or gay.

Muslim candidates, the researchers found, received far fewer interview invitations in states and locales considered conservative than did their otherwise identical Christian counterparts. No similar effect was noted in the comparison of gay and straight candidates. keep reading…

Optimism Among Manufacturers Prompts Plans For More Hiring

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John Zappe
Oct 23, 2013, 6:45 am ET

Manufacturer Hiring outlookHiring plans by American manufacturers are at the highest level in five years, and the 58 percent of industrial employes who say they expect to add workers in the next 12 months is the second-highest percentage of the last 10 years.

The jobs expansion is matched by their optimism in the U.S. economy and their rising confidence that the global economy is also improving.

A quarterly “Manufacturing Barometer” from PwC says that 60 percent of the industrial manufacturers the accounting and business consulting firm surveyed were optimistic about the U.S. economic future. Last year, PwC’s third-quarter survey found only 37 percent expressing optimism. Those doing business globally were less confident about the world economy, with 40 percent confident about the economic direction. Still, that’s a rise of 23 percentage points from last year. keep reading…

More Employers to Open Thanksgiving This Year and Even More In 2014

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John Zappe
Oct 16, 2013, 5:49 am ET

2014 federal holiday surveyNext month, when daylight savings time ends and you set your clocks back, please also adjust your calendar to note that Black Friday now begins at 8 p.m. on Turkey Thursday.

The announcement this week by Macy’s that it will open at 8 Thanksgiving night ends a 155-year tradition by the giant retailer to close its stores on the fourth Thursday of November. Now, Macy’s joins Toys R Us, Target, Wal-Mart, Sears, and Kmart in opening its doors to shoppers Thanksgiving.

The trend toward earlier and earlier openings on the day after Thanksgiving, for what is the busiest retail shopping day of the year, started with dawn openings, then moved to  pre-dawn, and then to midnight. Deep discounts and loss-leaders brought out crowds of shoppers, who would line up hours in advance. keep reading…

HR Survey: Streamlining Healthcare HR Is Top Cost Initiative

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John Zappe
Oct 10, 2013, 6:35 am ET

Healthcare HR initiatives survey 2013Streamlining their own processes is the first choice of HR healthcare professionals when it comes to reducing costs.

More than planning for the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, and even more than cutting hiring and onboarding costs, including that perennial cost-cutting favorite, temp staffing, 73 percent of HR professionals put streamlining HR processes at the top of the list.

The Healthcare HR Initiatives Survey, however, suggests a disconnect of some sort between recruiters and other healthcare HR staff. At the most senior level, 80 percent of HR VPs and other executives said preparing for healthcare reform is a top HR initiative to reduce costs. By comparison, only 27 percent of the recruiters participating in the 450-respondent survey said that. keep reading…

ADP Says 166,000 New Jobs Last Month; No Government Report Likely

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John Zappe
Oct 2, 2013, 2:05 pm ET

ADP September 2013 reportWith the shutdown of the Federal government, the ADP report this morning that the U.S. economy added 166,000 private sector jobs in September takes on even greater importance than it normally would.

Until the shutdown is resolved, ADP’s numbers will stand as the only measure of U.S. jobs growth. Typically, ADP releases its job count estimate a day or two in advance of the official report from the U.S. Department of Labor. That report, which includes a count of government jobs, also details the national unemployment rate and provides drill-down data on the size of the national labor force, as well as an industry-by-industry look at job growth. keep reading…

Private Sector Jobs Grow More Slowly in August

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John Zappe
Sep 5, 2013, 12:58 pm ET

ADP Aug 2013 jobs chartPrivate sector hiring slowed in August, off by 11 percent from July’s revised 198,000 new jobs, but still ahead of the 166,000 average of the last 12 months.

ADP’s payroll based count of August’s hiring by private companies came in at 176,000, below the average of what economists were expecting. A Bloomberg survey predicted the report would come in at 184,000 new jobs. A Reuters survey put the number at 180,000.

Although off from the estimates, ADP’s National Employment Report was offset by lower than expected unemployment filings last week, which came in at 332,000, a five-year low. The Institute for Supply Management also turned in a strong report. The ISM said its services index rose to 58.6, the highest since December 2005 and above even the most optimistic of estimates in a Reuters survey. A reading above 50 indicates expansion. keep reading…

LinkedIn Dominates Social Media Sourcing and Recruiting

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John Zappe
Sep 5, 2013, 11:00 am ET

Jobvite social media 2013 popularIf you need any more evidence that LinkedIn is the sourcing tool of choice, then look to this morning’s Jobvite survey on social media recruiting, which says 94 percent of recruiters who use social media use LinkedIn.

This sixth survey of recruiters and HR professionals shows the steady increase in the use of social media for recruiting, and especially LinkedIn’s dominant position as the network of choice. From 2008, when 78 percent of respondents said they will or are using social media, to today’s report when 94 percent say that, LinkedIn’s popularity has been a constant. keep reading…

Likes Attract, But Humor Will Get You the Job

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John Zappe
Aug 30, 2013, 5:49 am ET

Today’s Roundup is about attraction. Both kinds.

What do you mean, “What do you mean both kinds?”? (Grammar police are investigating that questionable mark usage.) This is about recruiting, so the first kind is that between hiring manager and Ms. or Mr. Mostly Perfect Candidate.

What is it that led the hiring manager to offer the job to X instead of Y, both of whom have the requisite skills, experience, ability, and talent?

X has a better sense of humor than you. keep reading…

A Third May Job Hunt, But Engineers Are Most Confident of Landing

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John Zappe
Aug 21, 2013, 4:37 pm ET

Randstad confidence indicesConfidence among U.S. finance and accounting workers spiked nearly 10 points in the second quarter to 63.1, the highest since 2007, according to Randstad’s Finance and Accounting Employee Confidence Index.

Another Randstad index showed engineers, too, are more confident about the future, and, of all the groups regularly surveyed by the global HR firm, engineers are the most confidant about their ability to find another job if they choose.

Randstad, a staffing, search, and HR services firm, quarterly surveys workers in engineering, accounting and finance, and healthcare to assess their sense of  economic well-being, and their perception of  job trends in their field. The surveys provide a snapshot of their confidence about the future. Because of how the surveys are conducted, and the sample size, the results are more suggestive than conclusive, but they do suggest how confidence is trending. keep reading…