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Uber Lays Off Recruiters, Hiring Managers Illegally Check Social Media, and More!

The latest in what's happening in recruiting, culled from all over the web.

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Jun 23, 2023

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:

Uber Lays off 200 Members from Recruiting Team, 1% of Workforce

“Uber Technologies will lay off 200 of its recruiters, mere months after CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said the ride-hail company would rely on ‘performance reviews’ to trim staff, rather than formal cuts,” the Daily News reports.

New Report Shows Troubling Findings About Candidate Sentiments

Underrepresented candidates face an almost 20% higher chance of being ghosted compared to white candidates in the hiring process in the U.K., according to Greenhouse’s Candidate Experience Report. Additionally, more than half of U.K. candidates say they’ve been ghosted. Meanwhile, salary remains the top reason that U.K. candidates are attracted to new roles.

Hiring Managers Are Checking Social Media to Get Answers to Illegal Interview Questions

A new Resume Builder survey shows that “74% of hiring managers say they use social media to screen candidates. Of this group, 55% say they look at social media to ensure the candidate is a good culture fit. 68% of hiring managers use social media to find answers to illegal interview questions. 85% of those who use screen using social media have passed on candidates due to information obtained.”

New York, Minnesota Latest States to Target Noncompetes

“Noncompete agreements would be banned under a bill expected to be signed by New York Governor Kathy Hochul shortly,” according to HR Dive. “The legislation follows passage of a similar bill last month in Minnesota, making the two states the latest of about a dozen to prohibit, or seek to prohibit, the agreements, for either some or all employees.”

The Growing Trend to Abolish Degree Requirements

“During the past decade the trend of dropping degree requirements has slowly been working its way into the private sector, as a growing number of companiesOpen in a new tab, including IBM, Accenture, Dell, Google, Delta Airlines and Bank of America, have been relaxing or redefining their hiring qualifications for certain jobs,” according to World at Work. “Research on the topic also seems to confirm the trend: A 2022 survey of 1,500 Gen Z youth and 600 employers by American Student Assistance and Jobs for the FutureOpen in a new tab revealed 81% of responding employers believe they should focus on skills rather than degrees when hiring. ”

New Immigration Law Sparks Fear and Worker Exodus From Florida

USA Today reports that “with one of the strictest laws in the nation taking effect July 1 aimed at cracking down on illegal immigration, Florida is being rocked by an exodus of migrant workers. The departures are sparking fear that a labor shortage will leave crops unpicked, tourist hotels short of staff and construction sites idle.”

Are White-Collar Jobs Disappearing? Not Really

“Recent reporting has pushed the idea that we are experiencing the extinction of some white-collar jobs due to a conflation of economic factors and the emergence of powerful automation and AI,” says this SHRM article. The reality points in a different direction.

Sourcing Strategies Continue to Fall Short, Says New Research

Recent findings indicate that talent acquisition departments continue to struggle with arguably their most important function. Read about the latest findings in this ERE.net story.

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