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:

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The Mystery of “Remote” Job Listings That Aren’t Actually Remote

“Amid the boom in remote working spurred by pandemic closures two years ago, job seekers are encountering a frustrating phenomenon: jobs advertised as ‘remote’ when they really aren’t,” according to Slate. “To the extreme and understandable frustration of job seekers, it’s become quite common for candidates to see a job posting for a role that claims to be remote, apply, confirm in the first contact that they’re looking for 100% remote work, and go through several rounds of interviews, only to find out late in the process that the employer actually wants them to come in one or two days a week or even more.”

Amazon Is Running Out of People to Hire

“Amazon is facing a looming crisis,” Vox reports. “It could run out of people to hire in its U.S. warehouses by 2024, according to leaked Amazon internal research from mid-2021 that Recode reviewed. If that happens, the online retailer’s service quality and growth plans could be at risk, and its e-commerce dominance along with it.”

FBI Says Fraud on LinkedIn a ‘Significant Threat’ to Platform and Consumers

“The FBI says investment fraudsters pose a ‘significant threat’ to LinkedIn, according to CNBC. “Users around the country tell CNBC they lost small fortunes after connecting with someone on LinkedIn who they believed was giving them sound financial advice. The company acknowledges a recent increase in fraud and says it removed 32 million fake accounts last year.”

CEO Makes Controversial Remarks About Culture and Hiring

Jesse Powell wrote a Twitter thread about hiring and culture and diversity. Some people are happy. Many are not. “When things were rosy, everybody got along. When things started to look grim, sensitivities and the misalignment came through,” he wrote. There’s much more.

Recruiter Explains Why Companies Often Prefer Not to Hire the Best Candidate

“A TikTok user explains in a now-viral video why some hiring managers for big companies purportedly choose not to hire the most qualified applicants,” reports Yahoo. The recruiter points out how employers are more interested in minimizing risk in their selection process.

The Business Case For Diversity May Be Backfiring

“A whopping 404 of the Fortune 500 companies included the business case for diversity on their corporate website by suggesting that diversity was important because it would contribute to their profits or bottom line in some way,” according to Forbes.com. What’s the problem with that? It is not resonating well with many job seekers.

How Employers Can Avoid ‘Rainbow Washing’

Research shows that “80% of LGBTQ candidates said perception of ‘an inclusive and equitable workplace’ is highly important to the decision to accept a job offer, according to SHRM. And “44% of LGBTQ candidates have felt that an employer was primarily interested in recruiting them to achieve diversity hiring goals.”

A Looming Storm Threatens the Labor Market

“Fewer open jobs should mean recruiters aren’t spread so thin going after the same dwindling talent pool,” writes ERE labor market columnist Jay Denton in his latest ERE.net article. “What does it mean when you have twice as many jobs open as the number of people to fill them? A lot of unsuccessful searches.”

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