April 26, 2011

Facebook for employers: Make friends, not fans
Most direct sourcing and candidate development activities see predicated around the adage, "Go where the talent is." That's why it's not surprising that talent acquisition has been an early adopter of social networks. As noted search expert Glen Cathey recently wrote, "Recruiting has always been social — interactions primarily have taken place in person and over the phone. Social media simply enables a third way to communicate — online." It's a wonder, then, that Facebook remains somewhat underutilized in social recruiting.More

New York ranks 7th in US employment growth
The Business Review
New York continued its upward climb from the recession in March, posting the seventh largest employment gain of any state. The latest figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics show New York with an increase of 56,500 nonfarm jobs between March 2011 and the same month this year.More

Unemployment filings top 400,000 for second week
First-time filings for unemployment claims declined in the most recent week, but were above the key 400,000 level for the second straight week, according to a recently issued government report. There were 403,000 initial jobless claims filed in the week ended April 16, the Labor Department said. That was down 13,000 from the previous week's revised 416,000.More

CareerBuilder tool can show you where the fish are biting
ERE Media
Navistar builds trucks and buses, military vehicles and engines and chassis. Its equipment is tough and rugged with names to match: Workhorse, MaxxForce, ProStar+, and, for the military, the MaxxPro, Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle. So when the company needs engineers, not just any engineer will do. Navistar, working with CareerBuilder, used a new service from the job board company to source, qualify, recruit and hire engineers for a new facility it was opening.More

2011 college grads finding a better job market
USA Today
This year's college graduates are finding a better job market than last year's grads. Employers plan to hire 19.3 percent more recent graduates this year, according to a report by the National Association of Colleges and Employers. The association surveyed 174 schools from February through April. The increase in open positions means employers have half as many applicants per job now than at this time last year: 21.1 applicants this year versus 40.5 in 2010.More

Employers see long-term benefits in temporary workers
The Wenatchee World
With the foundering economy, Trina Brooks wasn't shocked when she was laid off earlier this year, but what did surprise her was how quickly she found another job. Brooks now works as an accountant at Domex Superfresh Growers in Yakima, Wash. With the help of ADD Staffing, she was hired within several weeks of launching her job search. Across the country, a growing number of employers are helping stimulate the economy by hiring through temp agencies.More

Mobile applications: Devices offer fresh routes to the job market
Financial Times
Criticism of organizations for sacking people by text message has highlighted the perils of deploying mobile phones in human resources. However, an increasing number of job seekers are turning to smartphones and tablets to hunt for jobs and submit applications. HR professionals are beginning to recognize that the speed and convenience of mobile technology make it invaluable for a host of activities in addition to recruitment, such as training, information sharing and performance management.More

Social media research may expose discrimination claims
If social media research on a job candidate turns up drunken, half-naked photos, is that a reason for passing them over? Most employment experts would say that's fine. But what if your research shows that the person is black, or old, or Muslim, and the hiring manager passes them by? In a series of blog posts, human resources consultant Jessica Miller-Merrell recently has been raising the alarm about the era of social media discrimination.More