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

by 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

by 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

by 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

by 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

by 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

by 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

by 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

by 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

by 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

by 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

by 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

by 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

by 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

by 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

by 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

by 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…

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

by 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

by 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

by 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

by 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…