The NYSA News
Feb. 21, 2012

Study: Outside hiring takes big leap in 2011
After two years of looking internally to fill vacancies, companies in 2011 again began to hire new workers, relying on referrals and job boards for nearly 50 percent of their external hires. Social media, though it accounted for only 3.5 percent of those external hires, evidences a much greater impact on hiring than the numbers would suggest, influencing candidates whose hiring ends up being attributed to other sources. These are but a few of the findings in the just-released 2012 CareerXroads Sources of Hire survey results. More

Western New York salaries: How many top $200,000?
Business First
One of every 40 households in the Buffalo area has an annual income of $200,000 or more, according to a nationwide study issued recently. On Numbers reports that 11,664 households in Erie and Niagara counties are above the $200,000 threshold for earnings and benefits. A searchable database shows results from all New York regions, plus state-by-state breakdowns.More

Empire State manufacturing keeps rising
The Business Review
Make it three consecutive monthly gains for a measuring stick of manufacturing activity in the state of New York. The Buffalo branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York said the Empire State Manufacturing Survey for February showed the general business conditions index rose 6 points to 19.5 — reaching the highest level in more than a year.More

Hiring managers fear workers will leave in 2012
Talent Management
As the national employment situation continues to improve, U.S. employers are faced with the challenge of recruiting and retaining high-value workers. But 43 percent of hiring managers and human resource managers are concerned top workers will leave their organizations in 2012, according to a new CareerBuilder survey. More

What the latest Google changes mean for recruiters
Recruiting Blogs
Google constantly works to develop and improve its product offering. These changes meet with differing levels of approval from the world at large, but the changes are here to stay. If you are serious about using the Internet as a marketing tool, then you need to work with and understand how to maximize your content for Google.More

Employer branding best practices for 2012
Personnel Today
Brett Minchington, chairman and CEO of Employer Brand International, offers advice on employer branding strategy and practices for the coming year.More

Staffing firms and technology in 2012: Apocalypse or transformation?
Staffing Industry Analysts
Andrew Karpie suggests there might be no time like the present for staffing firms to begin taking a serious and in-depth look at what is happening in relevant technology.More

Employment shelf life
HR Fishbowl
Recruiters — well, most recruiters — like people. But we must realize people are fickle: They chase shiny objects, they fall in and out of love (and like). Sometimes they're superstars and sometimes they're vagabonds. And when it comes to their role in the workplace, all of this holds true.More

Social media in HR and recruiting
HR Examiner
There is an ongoing transformation in the way we look for, acquire and execute work in today's world. The tools and techniques we use to find and hire workers, understand and manage their development and define our needs in the labor market are entering an era of flux. The important takeaway: We are not there yet.More

Tips and tricks for successful background checks
Business 2 Community
Background checks can get a bit tricky. There are certain things that are legal and certain things that are better left unchecked when looking to hire a candidate. It's important to know exactly what you can and cannot check before diving into a candidate's personal records.More

Thomas Edison's eccentric interview questions
Mental Floss via Business Insider
Thomas Edison had an encyclopedic memory, and by the early 1920s, he had become increasingly frustrated by the fact that college graduates applying to work for him didn’t have a wealth of knowledge comparable to his own. To test the mental mettle of incoming job seekers, he administered to each a series of 150 questions, tailored to the position for which they were applying. In case the Edison Quiz fad ever returns, here's a head start on some puzzling interview questions. More