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Wanted: Good Looking Musicians For Flash Mob Performance In Unemployment Office

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John Zappe
Aug 16, 2013, 5:54 am ET

Toptal adCan geeks be good programmers and developers and network admins, and also be good looking?

Everyone in The Social Network was, but that’s Hollywood and Facebook. LinkedIn thinks no, and so did a bunch of IT and hacker-types, who, we are lead to believe, complained about the good looking women Toptal used in its job ads.

Now, this is the same group that rushes to download games like SoulCalibur, whose central character is the very busty, not to mention anatomically improbable, yet stunningly iconic Ivy Valentine. But never mind that. The harrumphing over the use of “suggestive” models in Toptal’s ads prompted LinkedIn to block the ads and lock out Toptal, creating a public kerfuffle when the developer networking site’s CEO blasted the action on the company blog. keep reading…

Healthcare Execs Say Recruiters Not Considering Candidate’s Patient Skills

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John Zappe
Aug 13, 2013, 3:21 pm ET

HR Healthcare influence surveyHuman resource professionals who work in healthcare say what they do makes a difference in the quality of care employees provide.

In an online survey completed by 516 healthcare industry professionals, 82% of those working in HR, “agreed” or “strongly agreed” that they play “an active role in making sure employees provide person-centered care.”

However, when medical professionals responded to that same question, only one in five felt that way. Though the number of clinical and non-HR staff taking the survey was fewer than 60 respondents, the small percentage who see a role for human resources in patient care suggests a disconnect if not disagreement. keep reading…

Turns Out It’s Shoes That Make the Man

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John Zappe
Aug 9, 2013, 5:48 am ET

SAMSUNGNews flash: Men, it isn’t just your feet that bad shoes are killing. Who knew that choosing your shoes unwisely could kill your chance at getting a great job?

Before I get into the sole of this post, please know this is serious stuff to Allen Edmonds, maker of men’s business and casual shoes. How many other shoe companies do you know would commission a survey of 1,037 working men and women on the subject of professionalism in footwear?

The company must have broken down the respondents into hiring managers, and young male execs, since one of the key findings was that 80 percent of the managers consider the shoes worn to an interview to be “extremely important.” keep reading…

Mystery Job Shopper Survey: Not Much Improvement From America’s Best Companies

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John Zappe
Aug 7, 2013, 4:54 pm ET

CareerXroadsIf God hadn’t promised Noah to never again flood the planet and start all over, most of America’s best companies to work for would be moving to higher ground about now.

After 10 years of CareerXroads reports, the launch of the Candidate Experience Awards, and untold conference workshops about the damage the resume black hole does to an employer brand, 75 percent of Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” are still leaving applicants wondering what happened to them. keep reading…

Is Your Office a Breeding Ground for Gangs?

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John Zappe
Jul 26, 2013, 3:46 pm ET

Office gang signs - freeIn today’s roundup we tackle the complicated and totally interrelated issues of lunchtime neighborhood shopping and the retention rate of hourly workers.

And then we’ll grab a beer.

But first, there’s the matter of office gangs. Got your attention with that one? Actually it’s about the workplaces where 43 percent of employees say cliques exist. (A clique is a gang you can leave without fear of your life.)

CareerBuilder’s survey de la semaine says your colleagues who were high school athletes, class clowns, or geeks are the most likely to wind up in a clique. And just like high school, these cliques exert their own peer pressure; 19 percent admitted they “Made fun of someone else or pretended not to like them.” Almost half went out drinking with the group, which, according to 46 percent of the surveyed workers, counted a boss in the gang. keep reading…

Workers Underestimate Demand, But Even the Employed Are Looking and Will Look

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John Zappe
Jul 22, 2013, 6:54 am ET

A survey from MonsterMonster job seeker survey find a new job shows there’s a real disconnect between what job seekers think of the current employment market and what recruiters say.

While recruiters regularly report how hard it is to find quality candidates, several thousand job seekers insist it is harder to find a job today that it was last year. What’s more, by a margin approaching three to one, they agreed with the survey statement that, “The job market is saturated with qualified people in my area of expertise.”

They also believed when they took the online survey at the beginning of the year that the number of jobs hadn’t grown in a year; 62 percent thought that. The reality, according to The Conference Board, was that there were almost 600,000 more jobs being advertised in January and February when the survey was conducted.

Why the disconnect? keep reading…

More Tech Hiring Predicted for Rest of 2013

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John Zappe
Jul 15, 2013, 6:43 pm ET

diceDeclaring it a “good job market for technology professionals,” IT career site Dice.com says the pace of tech hiring will accelerate for the balance of the year.

According to the semi-annual Dice hiring survey, 73 percent of the 1,000 IT recruiters and hiring managers said they expect to be adding IT professionals in the second half of 2013. That’s a 14 percent bump from the hiring expectations at the beginning of the year.

One in five employers say they’re planning substantial increases in their IT staffing; 54 percent say the increases will be slight. keep reading…

Employers Expect No Change in Hiring of Permanent, Fulltimers, But More Plan to Add Temps

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John Zappe
Jul 11, 2013, 5:44 pm ET

CareerBuilder forecast 7.2013The number of employers planning to hire full-time permanent workers by the end of the year is unchanged from a year ago, though the number expecting to bring on temporary workers is up by half, says CareerBuilder’s mid-year hiring forecast.

The just released CareerBuilder forecast, based on a survey of 2,000 hiring managers and HR professionals conducted six weeks ago, found:

  • 44 percent of employers plan to hire full-time, permanent employees, on par with last year;
  • 25 percent plan to hire part-time employees, up from 21 percent last year;
  • 31 percent plan to hire temporary or contract workers, up from 21 percent last year

The optimism, however, doesn’t necessarily translate into immediate hiring plans. Only 30 percent of the respondents said they expected to add to their full-time, permanent headcount this quarter. That’s identical to what the survey respondents said a year ago, and is off from the 34 percent adding full-time headcount last quarter. keep reading…

ADP Report Raises Hopes Economy Can Avoid Summer Hiring Slowdown

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John Zappe
Jul 3, 2013, 12:50 pm ET

ADP sector changes June 2013ADP’s National Employment Report this morning that 188,000 new private sector jobs were created last month is giving rise to hopes the summer slowdown that has so bedeviled the U.S. economy the last several years may not return this year.

That would be good news indeed, since the last three summers have seen job growth numbers plummet. Two years ago, job growth averaged 184,000 monthly for March, April, and May. For the summer months of June, July and August, the average was 88,000. Last year was better; the summer decline was only 12,000 jobs. keep reading…

Online Networks Increasingly More Important In Pursuit of Skilled Workers

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John Zappe
Jun 27, 2013, 7:41 pm ET

LI survey 2013 - sourcesAmerica’s recruiting leaders say their top priority this year is finding and hiring highly skilled workers, and the places they’re turning to find them with increasing urgency are social networks.

In the three years LinkedIn has surveyed talent acquisition leaders on their priorities and industry trends, the percentage of respondents who say professional social networks are the place to find “key quality hires” has gone from 29 percent to 42 percent. Social media now ties with the company career site as a candidate source, and both aren’t too far behind employee referral programs.

LinkedIn’s U.S edition of its 2013 Global Recruiting Trends survey shows American recruiting leaders to be not too different from leaders around the world. Both groups see the use of social media for sourcing talent as a long lasting trend; 36 percent for the U.S. compared to 39 percent globally. keep reading…

Master Supplier For Temp Workers Is ‘Rising From the Ashes’

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John Zappe
Jun 27, 2013, 2:47 pm ET

Staffing Industry analysts logoStaffing Industry Analysts says the master supplier method of hiring and managing contingent (temporary) workers is making a comeback, often now in conjunction with a managed service provider.

In a blog post reference to SIA’s recently completed “2013 Contingent Buyer Survey: Primary model used” the research organization says that this year, “33 percent of buyers with CW programs of less than $20 million in spend used a master supplier as their primary supplier management model, up from just 12 percent in 2009; use also rose notably among buyers in the $20 million to $99 million spend range.” keep reading…

A Skinny Admin in a Bad Wig Walks Up to a Guy on a Moscow Street

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John Zappe
May 31, 2013, 4:43 am ET

weight gain occupationsWho are the fattest workers?

Yes, yes, I know. That is so politically incorrect, but CareerBuilder started it. In 2005 the careers company did a weight gain survey discovering 47 percent of workers admitted to gaining weight on the job.

That percentage hasn’t much changed over the years, though this year only 41 percent admitted to putting on the pounds. Before you go buying into that statistic, look up “social desirability bias,” which may also explain why CareerBuilder’s polltakers reported that 59 percent of the 3,690 workers taking the online survey claim they work out regularly; 45 percent said they go to the gym three times a week. keep reading…

Startups Want to Hire, But Worry They Won’t Find the Talent They Need

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John Zappe
May 15, 2013, 1:37 am ET

cover-startup-outlook-reportMore tech startups than at any time in the last four years will be looking to hire this year, says Silicon Valley Bank, but they worry they won’t be able to find the talent they need.

Even as most leaders and founders of the firms surveyed by the bank for its annual Startup Outlook say conditions in the U.S. are better this year than last, the number of them who report hiring talent is their biggest challenge has grown. Nine out of 10 executives report finding and hiring the talent they need is their biggest challenge. keep reading…

Bullhorn Report: LinkedIn Most Popular Site for Social Recruiting

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John Zappe
Apr 30, 2013, 9:02 am ET

Bullhorn social media reportIf you’re beginning to think every one is using LinkedIn to source candidates, you’re close to right.

Nearly every survey on source of hire or use of social media by recruiters shows LinkedIn to be a key part of the mix; often it leads all the listed social media sites. The company itself reported adding 2,400 customers in just the last quarter of 2012, bringing the total to 16,400 organizations under contract.

Now comes a Bullhorn survey to report that of the 160,000 registered users on Bullhorn Reach, 97% use LinkedIn to source candidates. That’s not as surprising as it might seem at first glance. keep reading…

Big Slowdown in Hiring Last Month With Only 88,000 Jobs Created; SHRM Sees Improvement This Month

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John Zappe
Apr 5, 2013, 9:52 am ET

Econ index March 2013It is not going to be a good day in the financial markets. The government this morning reported that March saw only 88,000 non-farm jobs added to the U.S. economy, the worst showing since last June and far below the 200,000 range economists were anticipating.

European financial markets dropped sharply after the Labor Department released the numbers, hitting a one-month low. In the U.S., Dow Jones industrial average futures fell 143 points and S&P 500 futures were down nearly 17 points in the minutes after the 8:30 a.m. report.

Investors were poised to act quickly, put on the alert Wednesday when ADP’s monthly estimate of private sector job growth came in at 158,000, which was also significantly below what economists expected. “This is very weak labor market,” economist Martin Feldstein told CNBC after the report was issued. keep reading…

CareerBuilder Forecast: Companies Expect to Hire Fewer Workers

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John Zappe
Apr 4, 2013, 12:10 am ET

CareerBuilderHiring is slowing from last year, and the trend is predicted to continue at least through the rest of the first half of the year, says a new report from CareerBuilder.

The job board’s quarterly employment forecast says the U.S. should expect somewhat slower hiring through the end of June than it saw for the same period last year. That comes on the heels of a first quarter that was slightly better than what CareerBuilder’s survey foresaw three months ago, but which was still down from 2012. keep reading…

Reaching Tomorrow’s Workers Takes a Multichannel Approach

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John Zappe
Mar 20, 2013, 3:01 pm ET

PotentialPark Rankings 2013To reach tomorrow’s corporate leaders, companies today not only need to have robust career sites, but they need to be as multichannel present as are the young men and women who want to work for them.

PotentialPark, the Swedish recruitment market research firm, says college students and recent grads turn in large numbers to corporate career sites for information about companies for whom they may want to work. But they also expect those companies to have a presence elsewhere, especially on places like Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and on blogs, too.

The career site is fine for providing fundamental information about the company, but it’s one-way communication. Young adults want more interactivity, so they expect their future employer to talk with them on social media channels. keep reading…

IT Security Professionals: Well Paid and Staying Where They Are

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John Zappe
Feb 26, 2013, 2:27 am ET

IT security workforce studyInformation security professionals are among the most stable of tech workers. They are paid well, the majority got raises last year — 20% of them of more than 5%. Plus the demand for security specialists will grow 11% annually for the next five years.

Those are findings from the most recent survey of IT security professionals conducted by (ISC)2, the world’s largest not-for-profit information security professional organization. More than 12,000 members and non-members took part in the biennial Global Information Security Workforce Study, reporting on matters ranging from salaries and workload to their views on the current state of information security and protection. keep reading…

Food Issues Plague America’s Office Workers

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John Zappe
Feb 22, 2013, 11:18 am ET

LinkedIn office peevesBank auditor Dedan Kimenyi is irritated by “opinionated and bossy” co-workers.

Jidia Gasana, an engineer, says strong perfume in the office is her pet peeve. “It is like people douse themselves with perfume overnight,” she says.

These folks work in Kigali, Rwanda, proving that no matter where you are or what you do, there’s always some annoying co-worker around.

A U.K. food company commissioned a study of office workers in the nation of stiff upper lips finding (a coincidence you suppose?) 57% of them agreeing noisy eating to be the most offensive trait of their co-workers. (The company, Ainsley Harriott Cup Soup, makes, yes indeed, soup, which can be noisily slurped.)

Next most annoying was messiness, followed by a failure to wash up. Ughhh. keep reading…

CandE Companies Do Better, But Most Candidates Still Hear Nothing

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John Zappe
Feb 20, 2013, 12:12 am ET

Bad cand experience CareerBuilder survey 2013Hard on the heels of the release of the Candidate Experience Awards Report comes word from CareerBuilder that the vast majority of candidates who apply for a job never hear a word after submitting their resume.

Surveying 3,991 employed, full-time workers, CareerBuilder found 75% of those who applied for a job never heard from the company. So common is that silence that only 82% of the candidates actually expect to hear something, even just a perfunctory, “Got your application.”

Contrast that with the experience of the thousands of candidates surveyed as part of the CandE awards research. Almost 78% reported getting an acknowledgement after submitting an application. And more than half of the applicants to the 90 companies taking part in the evaluation said they got a note describing the next steps in the process.

While even among the 37 winning companies the process wasn’t without its issues, overall 53% of the candidates would apply again. A majority are willing to tell their friends about their experience; some are willing to post about it on Facebook, Twitter, a blog, or elsewhere. keep reading…