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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:

“‘This isn’t Facebook,’ users complain. But others are finding it a valuable place to talk about much more than work,” begins this New York Times piece.

Companies Plan to Hire Fewer Seasonal Workers This Year

” According to the National Retail Federation, the retail industry alone hires somewhere around 500,000 temporary workers for the holiday season,” reports Markertplace.org. “But the numbers might be smaller this year. Walmart just announced it’s hiring 40,000 seasonal workers — down from 150,000 last year. Between an uncertain economy and a tight labor market, companies are unsure of how many workers to hire and how to even recruit them.”

Nearly One-Third of Employers Balk at Pay Transparency

From HR Dive: “While 17% of North American employers surveyed disclose pay and salary ranges to prospective employees even when not required to do so by law and 62% are considering doing so in the future, nearly one third of companies (31%) said they are not ready for such transparency, according to a WTW survey of 400 employers released this week.”

85% of Companies Still Actively Hiring Despite Recession Fears

“While CFOs are tightening budgets in preparation for a likely economic downturn, their counterparts in human resources are still focused on putting the best quality employees in an ideal work environment, according to a recent survey from Challenger, Gray & Christmas,” reports CFO.com

IRS Has the Funding to Hire Tens of Thousands. Can It Actually Do So?

“IRS hiring has been thrust into the spotlight, but augmenting the agency’s workforce is still far from guaranteed,” according to Government Executive.

Labor Market Posts Solid Results, but Some Industries Show Signs of Slowing

“At some point, likely soon, the pace of job gains will slow more substantially,” writes ERE labor market columnist Jay Denton, “but the number of jobs added the past three months was more than impressive given the general pessimism related to the economy.”


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Vadim Liberman is editor of ERE.net and TLNT (the devil wears TJ Maxx) — a workplace renegade advancing how we think, work, and live. He has previously worked as a strategy consultant to HR and recruiting tech companies at The Starr Conspiracy, as a talent management professional at Prudential, and as senior editor of The Conference Board Review, a magazine for business leaders. Vadim loves to talk about all things HR, talent acquisition, and Bravo TV shows. Bring it!

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