Among the new companies in the human resources and recruiting genre: a tool for job-seekers to practice interviews, and a website aimed at screening candidates to better match them with employers. (more…)
Discouraging news on the employment front this morning as the U.S. government says 169,000 jobs were added in August.
Although lower than what most surveys of economists were expecting, the number itself wasn’t so far off this year’s revised monthly average of 182,000 new jobs to be called disappointing. August is one of the slower months for hiring. However, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics knocked down its numbers for June and July by a combined 74,000 jobs. July alone was slashed 58,000; the 104,000 jobs was the smallest gain since June 2012.
Surveys before this morning’s release of August’s numbers predicted the economy added somewhere between 170,000 and 175,000 jobs. (more…)
Indeed you read that correctly. We go inside the box with Ikea to assemble a team of sales associates, warehouse workers, cashiers, oh, shoot, the entire collection of workers it takes to make one of those gigantic blue and yellow warehouse cum showrooms operate.
But as that is actually instructional, we’ll start off with interviews. (more…)
ADP’s payroll based count of August’s hiring by private companies came in at 176,000, below the average of what economists were expecting. A Bloomberg survey predicted the report would come in at 184,000 new jobs. A Reuters survey put the number at 180,000.
Although off from the estimates, ADP’s National Employment Report was offset by lower than expected unemployment filings last week, which came in at 332,000, a five-year low. The Institute for Supply Management also turned in a strong report. The ISM said its services index rose to 58.6, the highest since December 2005 and above even the most optimistic of estimates in a Reuters survey. A reading above 50 indicates expansion. (more…)
If you need any more evidence that LinkedIn is the sourcing tool of choice, then look to this morning’s Jobvite survey on social media recruiting, which says 94 percent of recruiters who use social media use LinkedIn.
This sixth survey of recruiters and HR professionals shows the steady increase in the use of social media for recruiting, and especially LinkedIn’s dominant position as the network of choice. From 2008, when 78 percent of respondents said they will or are using social media, to today’s report when 94 percent say that, LinkedIn’s popularity has been a constant. (more…)
Recruitment, now widely referred to as talent acquisition, has and continues to evolve enough that we are really have become our own animal, not a cage in someone else’s zoo. (more…)
The sad truth is, in the pursuit of money, needing a job and fear of failure, people create false resumes and falsify information when they go to an interview. To help ensure candidates are who they say they are, many companies do pre-employment testing before even doing an interview, let alone making an offer.
Questions to consider when choosing a testing or assessment program include: (more…)
The secret weapon in tech recruiting today is the hackathon. Most notably on college campuses the mega-hackathon has emerged as the top event for sourcing quality engineers. What started as friendly meetups organized by on-campus tech clubs has evolved into massive and disruptive hackathons with more than 1,000 students participating and companies like Facebook and Google swarming to shell out tens of thousands of sponsorship dollars. But not everyone has bought into the frenzy and some are maintaining an autonomous and even purist approach.Hackathon as Recruiter (more…)
But with the rise of social recruiting channels, many recruiters find themselves transitioning from a more formal candidate-recruiter interaction mode to something more akin to the wild, wild, west … where the etiquette and norms haven’t been 100 percent fleshed out yet.
And as such, recruiters find themselves trying to adapt to a new venue with its, own evolving set of norms.
Don’t be a zombie. Be human and thoughtful. (more…)
The speculation that the giant, and hugely profitable, business network is planning to make a major acquisition began moments after it announced it was planning to sell $1 billion worth of stock.
In a filing this afternoon with the Securities and Exchange Commission, LinkedIn said it intended to use the money from the sale
…primarily for general corporate purposes, including working capital, further expansion of our product development and field sales organizations, international expansion, general administrative matters and for capital expenditures, including infrastructure. In addition, we may use a portion of the proceeds from this offering for strategic acquisitions of, or investments in, complementary businesses, technologies or other assets. (more…)
Anyhow, ERE’s Chicago conference is just two weeks away and yes, I have another reason for you to register – beyond the list of registered attendees, focus on leaders, and speakers. And that is the map. (more…)
Almost one out of every four decisions that a small to mid-size company will make during a recruitment process will hinder their chances at staffing competitive talent. The consequences of these actions can result in a myriad of ill-fated outcomes, ranging from higher salary costs and wasted time to losing competitive applicants altogether.
Firms that are unable to streamline the staffing process on a regular basis are probably prone to committing one or more of the following seven deadly sins of recruiting: (more…)
Today’s Roundup is about attraction. Both kinds.
What do you mean, “What do you mean both kinds?”? (Grammar police are investigating that questionable mark usage.) This is about recruiting, so the first kind is that between hiring manager and Ms. or Mr. Mostly Perfect Candidate.
What is it that led the hiring manager to offer the job to X instead of Y, both of whom have the requisite skills, experience, ability, and talent?
X has a better sense of humor than you. (more…)
As long as I have been in business, hiring managers have been trying to pin a magic number on job candidates in the hope it will indicate future job performance. Sometimes that number is a GPA, combined test score, or even past earnings. Now we have the Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA+) … a test given to new college graduates and scored like the SAT. But guess what? Magic numbers are just that … magic!
Magic is the art of illusion. That is, a magician creates illusions using sleight of hand that deceives the audience. Hiring decisions based on a number are sleight of hand because they lead people to think everything about a person can be reduced to a few digits. But anyone with enough years on the job and the professional savvy to systematically compare job performance to pre-employment test scores (i.e., studies … not stories) knows this is only part of the performance story. (more…)
Is a degree from Harvard worth more than one from Oklahoma State? By how much? A year at Harvard costs $52,650 versus about $9,000 at OSU. So is a graduate of Harvard almost six times better than one of OSU?
You may soon be able to tell, courtsey of a new test called the Collegiate Learning Assessment that supposedly provides an objective, benchmarked report card for critical-thinking skills. (more…)
That U.S. government proposal about disabilities hiring ERE was the first publication to unveil two years ago is now out in its final form. (more…)
Hiring is like meeting a new guy or girl you like for the first time. This wonderful person walks into your office and the two of you make a perfect connection right off the bat. You like the other person’s vibe, how the person looks, and he or she seems to fit all your necessary requirements. You know how many business owners and hiring managers say, “I just really like the candidate, I think he (or she) will do great!” (I am pretty sure you have all either said or heard someone say something exactly like this before.)
In relationships, it’s called the infatuation stage; in hiring, I call it the hiring by gut stage. (more…)
With LinkedIn making seemingly weekly launches, updates, and other moves, and now thinking about your 13 and 14-year-old kids as well as college profiles and updates to groups, we could probably devote a whole section of this site to just LinkedIn news. Alas, there’s more that’s been going on in recent weeks, including a new site for those techie employees getting the itch to move on. (more…)
Advertising open positions on static company websites is no longer enough to attract top talent and raise awareness of employment opportunities. Candidates want to find content when they comb the Internet for employment and professional development opportunities and when they interact with their network. Although content marketing remains a challenge for many recruitment marketers, some simple steps can shift your content strategy into high gear.
If you’re just getting your content strategy off the ground or looking at ways to enhance its performance, here are six considerations for boosting your content: (more…)