The Most Interesting Recruiting Stories of the Week

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Nov 5, 2021
This article is part of a series called The Most Interesting Recruiting Stories of the Week.

Welcome to “The Most Interesting Recruiting Stories of the Week,” a new weekly post that will feature talent acquisition insights and information from around the web to kick off your weekend. Here’s what’s of interest this week:

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1. Google Staff Squirm as Remote Workers Face Pay Cuts

Maybe you’ve seen them. All those surveys indicating that people would be willing to take pay cuts to work remotely. But what happens why hypotheticals become reality? Suddenly, money becomes more important to people. Shocking, right? Check out what’s happening over at Google as the tech giant and its employees manage through the discomfort of pay cuts.

2. Talent Acquisition Efforts Leave HR Unimpressed

Only 18% of HR professionals describe their company’s talent acquisition function as “top-notch” or “advanced,” according to an HR Research Institute study on the future of talent acquisition. In other words, another shot fired as part of the continual tension between HR and TA. What are HR pros dissatisfied with?

3. Job-Seekers Turn to TikTok to Post “CareerTok” CVs

“It was a Tuesday night in September when Elizaveta Prigozhina posted a TikTok venting about her frustration at being unemployed. When she woke up the next day, she had gotten more than 10 interview offers — recruiters had seen her video, and took the bait.” So begins this article about “CareerTok,” a subculture of career-themed videos on TikTok featuring job-hunting advice, CV tips, and work opportunities.

4. Who’s Most Likely to Quit During the Next Wave of the Great Resignation?

Who’s expected to exit an an increased rate? Can you do anything about it? Some fascinating stats and information in this article.

5. The Problem of Diversity Among Talent Acquisition Suppliers

We talk a lot about diversity of hiring because, of course, diversity is important when it comes to who works for you. But what about who works with you? Specifically, what about the TA tech suppliers you use? It’s time to look within our own industry’s house.

6. Spokane Sheriff Turns to Times Square to Recruit Officers

The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office has stepped up its effort to recruit officers from cities perceived as anti-law enforcement. One has to wonder, though, about the cost per hire here, given that the ad is estimated to cost anywhere between $5,000 to $25,000. Also, the ad misspelled Washington State.

7. How Social Class Affects the Career Ladder

This is a great exploration of how social class and upward mobility shape careers. It’s an especially important topic because diversity so often focuses on race, gender, and other visible traits. However, social class can have just as much, if not more, impact on how we hire and promote people.

8. Hire Externally or Promote Internally?

SmartRecruiters’ CEO Jerome Ternynck dissects the subject of internal mobility. For instance, he writes, “Managers don’t like losing good people from their teams and employees often fear being seen as disloyal to their current boss.” Exactly. So now what?

9. The Only Reason More Americans Haven’t Quit Their Jobs Is Healthcare

Insurance benefits hinder job mobility. As long as healthcare is tied to employment, this will be a problem. Is a world in which benefits are no longer an attraction tool possible? Is it desirable?

10. How to Find the Secret to Meaningful Work

An interesting conversation (you may listen or read the transcript) about how happiness, purpose, authenticity, and a slew of other buzzwords relate to work. Give it a read to answer the question: “Why do I do this every day?”

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