Top Stories: 1 in 4 Hiring Managers Are Anti-Semitic; Amazon’s Leaked Memo and Recruiter Layoffs, and More!

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Dec 2, 2022
This article is part of a series called The Most Interesting Recruiting Stories of the Week.

The Most Interesting Recruiting Stories of the Week

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

Anti-Semitism Is Rampant in Hiring

ResumeBuilder’s recent survey reveals that “1 in 4 hiring managers say they are less likely to move forward with Jewish applicants.” Key findings include:

  • 26% of hiring managers say they are less likely to move forward with Jewish applicants; top reason for negative bias is belief Jews have too much power and control
  • 26% make assumptions about whether a candidate is Jewish based on their appearance
  • 23% say they want fewer Jews in their industry
  • 17% say leadership has told them to not hire Jews
  • 33% say anti-Semitism is common in their workplace; 29% say anti-Semitism is acceptable in their company

Leaked Amazon Memo May Help Explain Why the Tech Giant Is Pushing Out So Many Recruiters

Two words: artificial intelligence.

Employers Rethink Need for College Degrees in Tight Labor Market

“The tight labor market is prompting more employers to eliminate one of the biggest requirements for many higher-paying jobs: the need for a college degree,” The Wall Street Journal reports. “Companies such as Alphabet Inc.’s Google, Delta Air Lines Inc. and International Business Machines Corp. have reduced educational requirements for certain positions and shifted hiring to focus more on skills and experience. Maryland this year cut college-degree requirements for many state jobs — leading to a surge in hiring — and incoming Pennsylvania Gov. Josh Shapiro campaigned on a similar initiative.” And with that in mind…

Skills Are Replacing College Degrees

“Ryan Roslansky, the CEO of LinkedIn, thinks the site should be a place where its members’ billions of years of collective work experience should be freed to upskill anyone, anywhere, any time,” according to Harvard Business Review. “Skills, more than degrees or pedigrees, are the true measure of what makes a great new hire, he argues, especially as the workforce evolves in fast and dramatic ways.”

The Job-Market Riddle at the Heart of the Next Recession

“Tech giants and banks are already cutting workers, but many employers seem desperate to keep hiring,” Bloomberg reports. “Almost three years after Covid-19 hit, companies around the world still complain that they can’t get the talent they need. They worry about labor shortages that will likely last beyond not just the pandemic, but the next downturn too. Deeper forces, such as changes in population and immigration, are shrinking the pool of workers they can hire from.”

Talent Rediscovery Tools Help Address Labor Shortages

“Recruiters struggling to fill open jobs from what continue to be thin candidate pools often overlook one of the more effective sourcing tools at their disposal: talent rediscovery software,” according to SHRM. “These tools help recruiters mine existing databases in applicant tracking systems for strong candidates who previously applied for jobs in the organization — many of them ‘silver medalists’ — and who remain viable options for a variety of open roles.”

The Case for Recruiting Graduates of Boot Camps

“Recruiters can often be sorted into three buckets,” former recruiter Mash Nash tells HR Dive. Those buckets are “people who sell, people who network and people who learn about their subject matter. He leaned into that third bucket, and when the Covid-19 pandemic hit, he found further opportunity to study coding and computer science.”

Will a Hyper-Focus on Retention Backfire?

Read Talent Board’s Kevin Grossman’s article about why a focus on retention, as valid as it is, should not come at the expense of prioritizing recruiting.

Read the most interesting recruiting stories of past weeks here.


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