The NYSA News
Feb. 7, 2012

Coffee and a conversation — about your future
New York Staffing Association
If you've heard it once you've heard it a thousand times: Social media has changed the world, and it's not finished yet. We get it. Or do we? Do recruiters really understand this environment of pervasive communications? Do we know how to remain relevant and actually use social media to improve our business? Join NYSA on Feb. 15 for "21st Century Communication: Moving Your Business Beyond Social Media." We'll supply breakfast and business insight; you bring the drive to thrive in an evolving culture. Register now for this key event!More

Jobs numbers offer pleasant surprise
The Nation via NPR
Recent job numbers have offered a welcome surprise: 243,000 people were added to payrolls in the past month, which is far more than the 140,000 analysts were predicting. Encouragingly, the gains were broad and came in many sectors: manufacturing, construction, temporary help agencies, accounting firms, restaurants and retailers. It was the biggest job growth since April, and it brought the unemployment rate down to 8.3 percent.More

Index: Employee confidence jumps
Staffing Industry Analysts
The Randstad employee confidence index rose 5.0 points in January to a reading of 52.4, the biggest climb since it began. The index measures workers' confidence in their personal employment situation and optimism about the economic environment.More

Adecco Staffing releases annual job market perspectives report
Adecco
Following on the heels of the first jobs report of 2012 from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Adecco Staffing U.S. has released its annual report offering an in-depth look at the labor market during the coming year.More

Veterans help manufacturers plug skills gap
Reuters
According to a joint study by Deloitte and the Manufacturing Institute, manufacturing companies have roughly 600,000 vacancies they are struggling to fill. It illustrates a growing skills mismatch, with too few of the 13.1 million unemployed Americans equipped for the available jobs. A new candidate pool is emerging, however: returning veterans who have technical skills training and a can-do attitude. Meanwhile, the Obama administration aims to create jobs for veterans in the public service sector.More

Corporate America: Your hiring processes branded as 'broken'
Business 2 Community
Skip Freeman writes, "Look at it from almost any perspective and there is only one conclusion that realistically can be drawn about the hiring processes currently prevailing in Corporate America: They are broken and essentially out of sync with the realities of the current labor market pool. What's worse, most companies don't even seem to have any genuine awareness of this fact!"More

25 ways 'no-recruit' secret agreements can damage your firm
ERE
The practice of secret "no-recruit" agreements between major corporations has drawn fire recently. Many notable firms — Google, Apple, Intel and Pixar among them — have been accused of restraining the movement of employees between firms. But don't be misdirected by all of the legal issues. The real damage these agreements can have is on your firm's business results, and at a large firm, these damages could top hundreds of millions of dollars. More

Social media gives recruiters a head start
Talent Management
In the age of social media, recruiters can unearth a great deal about potential candidates, determine if they will be a good cultural fit and conduct impartial reference checks — all before establishing contact with them. More

The Fishman effect spurs a labor turnaround
Crain's New York Business
In an economy where union leaders are accepting pay freezes for their members, Mike Fishman has made gains for the doormen, janitors and security guards he represents as president of property-service union 32BJ SEIU. Shunning the limelight, the bespectacled former union carpenter picks his battles, preferring conversation over confrontation. More