Aug. 16, 2011

'Text speak' can make or break recruitment
A youth skills charity has said the intrusion of "text speak" into youngsters' written abilities is putting up recruitment hurdles that are proving more and more difficult to knock down. More

Best places to live: 5 towns in New York make the cut
Five towns in New York — Mamaroneck, Harrison, Saratoga Springs, Nanuet and Pearl River — have made Money magazine's list of "Top 100 Places to Live" in 2011. These terrific small towns stand out in the qualities that matter most to American families: great job opportunities, top-notch schools, safe streets, economic strength, nice weather, plenty to do and more.More

Should you send a rejection letter?
Business Insider
It's important to give applicants the feedback they need to move on to their next opportunity — which includes sending a rejection letter when you haven't chosen them for one of your job openings.More

New York receives grant for health insurance exchange
Rochester Business Journal
New York is one of 13 states to win planning grants for health insurance exchanges, Department of Health and Human Services officials said. A provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act calls for each state to have a health insurance marketplace where individuals and small businesses can buy health care coverage.More

Albany joins markets losing manufacturing jobs
The Business Review
The manufacturing sector is in general decline. The nation's 100 major markets lost 1.43 million manufacturing jobs during the past five years — an average of 783 each day. The Albany region lost 20,500 jobs during that period, a 12.77 percent decline.More

Picking the perfect personality: Assessment tests grow in popularity
Workforce Management
Personality assessments have been gaining popularity in the past decade, with a May 2011 study finding more than 80 percent of respondents employ some type of assessment, either during the hiring process or when making talent management decisions internally.More

3 ways you're messing up negotiations
Negotiating is hard — no one denies that — but it's also a valuable skill. Unfortunately, there are plenty of ways to get things wrong, according to Margaret Neale, director of Stanford Business School's executive education program in negotiation.More

How to recruit flexible or remote workers
Recruiting Trends
Combine the employee satisfaction and productivity boost that come from flexible work arrangements with an employer's cost savings through greater retention, increased recruiting pools and office space reductions, and flexible work arrangements begin to look like a no-brainer. So, how can flexible or remote workers be recruited?More

New tool could help identify pay discrimination
The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs might develop a compensation data tool that would flag indicators of discrimination. The agency published an advance notice of proposed rule making in the Federal Register on Aug. 10.More