The NYSA News
Sep. 10, 2013

Hackathons are today's most powerful recruiting tool
The secret weapon in tech recruiting today is the hackathon. Most notably on college campuses the mega-hackathon has emerged as the top event for sourcing quality engineers.More

5 reasons every employer needs an employee handbook
By D. Albert Brannen
The days of believing that a handbook can cause more harm than good are long gone. In today's business environment, a handbook serves both as a sword to carve out your legal rights, as well as a shield to protect them. A handbook sets expectations, encourages employees to behave in certain ways, helps ensure employees are treated consistently, publicizes employee benefits and helps win unemployment claims and lawsuits. These are just a few of the reasons why every employer, regardless of the number of employees, should have one. More

Weak jobs numbers could lead Fed to keep foot on accelerator
Washington Bureau via Buffalo Business First
To taper or not to taper — that is the question facing the Federal Reserve later this month, especially in light of the weaker than expected jobs numbers. Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke seems anxious to start reducing the Fed's assets purchases — the central bank can't keep buying $85 billion in bonds a month forever. Sooner or later, the economy must be able to stand on its own without this unprecedented level of support from the Fed. More

US gains 13,100 temp jobs in August
Staffing Industry Analysts
The U.S. added 13,100 temporary help services job in August on a seasonally adjusted basis, according to data released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The year-over-year growth rate held steady compared to previous months. More

4 social recruitment mistakes your company is making
The Huffington Post
With so much of the online population liking, tweeting or pinning, the burgeoning social strata demands respect and attention when it comes to finding the talent your organization needs. In fact, 61 percent of adults under 30 use a social networking site daily, while daily usage for the over 50 set has risen to 32 percent.More

Job dissatisfaction encourages workers to choose temping
The unhappiness of being in a bad job is strongly linked to people's decision to leave permanent work for the uncertain world of temporary employment, the British Sociological Association's conference in Warwick heard recently.More

Census: US staffing revenue rises in Q2
Staffing Industry Analysts
The Census Bureau reported the U.S. employment services industry had revenue of $63.52 billion in the second quarter. That's up 2.4 percent from the first quarter of 2013 and 2.0 percent from the second quarter of 2012. The estimate is based on seasonally adjusted numbers. More

To shortlist or not ...
The Staffing Stream
In the not so distant past, booking staff at a temporary staffing agency meant a lot of manual tasks: searching for the qualified ones, making contact via phone, email or SMS, checking their availability and interest, and then booking. A manual process. This is not the only way to do it anymore.More

US jobless claims remain near 5-year low
Recently, fewer Americans applied for unemployment benefits, a sign that layoffs continue to dwindle in a gradually improving U.S. labor market. Initial jobless claims in the last week of August fell by 9,000 to a seasonally adjusted 323,000, which was just a tick above a five-and-a-half year low, the Labor Department said.More