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How to start a candidate community that attracts top talent
The Staffing Stream
A talented potential employee visits your career site. They may or may not apply. If they don't apply, how do you get them to return? Recruitment today is all about courting candidates by building long-term relationships with them. And if you're not providing these candidates with a community to join, you are losing a chance to engage them and possibly drive them to your competitors. Now is the time to create a community that attracts top talent.
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Revision to jobs data shows loss of temp jobs
Staffing Industry Analysts
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics conducted its annual revision of data, which took affect with today’s release of monthly jobs numbers. Revised data shows the US lost 4,100 temp jobs in January from December, and the temp penetration rate — which had reached new highs for much of 2014 — fell to 2.033 percent in January from the revised percentage of 2.039 percent in December. JP Morgan Analyst Andrew Steinerman in a research note indicated the decline in temporary help jobs looked odd given temp numbers’ better-than-average performance on a seasonally adjusted basis.
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Long hours lead to lower productivity
Human Resource Executive Online
If ever there was data to support the importance of work/life balance and helping employees find their ideal mix, you might say this is it. Research suggests employers that try and stretch workers’ hours and squeeze every drop of work out of them may be shooting themselves in the foot in terms of worker output, safety and productivity.
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Unfilled job openings climb to 14-year high
Staffing Talk
Unfilled positions at U.S. companies climbed in December to a nearly 14-year high, while the number of Americans actually hired advanced to a seven-year high. Economists say a pickup in wage growth might be next. The feds say an increase in the number of people who quit jobs on their own shows greater optimism about finding work elsewhere as stronger demand prompts a pickup in job listings.
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Most HR data is bad data
Harvard Business Review
In this article, Marcus Buckingham contends, “Over the last fifteen years a significant body of research has demonstrated that each of us is a disturbingly unreliable rater of other people’s performance. The effect that ruins our ability to rate others has a name: the Idiosyncratic Rater Effect, which tells us that my rating of you on a quality such as 'potential' is driven not by who you are, but instead by my own idiosyncrasies — how I define 'potential,' how much of it I think I have, how tough a rater I usually am. This effect is resilient — no amount of training seems able to lessen it. And it is large — on average, 61 percent of my rating of you is a reflection of me.”
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Convincing your boss: We need video interviewing
Recruiter
As a recruiting professional, you know all the levers to push and pull to improve hiring metrics and achieve a more candidate-centric hiring process. You've likely encountered stories about video interviewing and its effectiveness, and perhaps you want to implement video interviewing in your company. However, in enterprise organizations, it's not always easy to introduce change, even if the change is a new best practice — like video interviewing.
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4 ways encouraging employee engagement improves the bottom line
Entrepreneur
We’re all aware of the numerous ways to keep our employees engaged in their work and satisfied in their positions. Be transparent, provide feedback, create a productive work environment. But it’s not all just feel-good advice intended to improve employees’ well-being, it actually has an impact on a company’s bottom line. So what’s the actual return on investment of employee engagement? Here are a few data-backed ways employee engagement (or lack thereof) can affect a company’s bottom line.
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Break out of your recruitment rut: 6 stats every employer must know now
ERE
“Where have all the candidates gone?” If you’re among the nearly 40 percent of employers who have an open position for which you can’t find the talent to fill those roles, you’re probably asking yourself this very question. According to CareerBuilder’s 2015 hiring forecast, more than a third of employers plan to add full-time, permanent employees this year, the best outlook from the annual forecast since 2006. But many are finding that planning to hire and actually making a hire are two vastly different undertakings. Across industries, the demand for candidates with specific skills far outnumbers the supply, and the old rules of recruiting no longer apply. Faced with these new challenges, many employers are exploring alternative approaches to finding talent with the skills they need.
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How employers (and candidates) can ruin a job offer
Mashable
Getting a job offer after a long search — or even a short one — is such an exciting experience. Unfortunately, there are actually quite a few things that companies and candidates alike can do to seriously dampen that excitement. Whether you're the hiring manager or a job candidate, in an effort to keep job offers as thrilling as they should be, take note of the following mistakes.
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