The NYSA News
Dec. 27, 2011

What drives me nuts about staffing agencies (and how they can be a better partner)
ERE
A hiring officer for a health care company writes, "During the past several years I've sat through no fewer than 100 staffing agency pitches in person or over the phone. Too many vendors treat me as someone to work around than to work with."More

Countering the counteroffer
Recruiting Trends
Have you ever sourced the best candidate, sold him/her on the opportunity with your client, worked with him/her through the interview process, helped the hiring manager determine the best compensation package, extended an offer that was accepted — and THEN lost the candidate to a counteroffer?More

How temporary staffing industry affects economy
Smart Business Los Angeles
After losing 1.14 million jobs — 37 percent of its workforce — between 2007 and 2009, the U.S. temporary staffing industry began to grow again. This turning point, which some might think to be specific to the staffing industry, may be indicative of a greater turnaround in the economy as a whole, if history is to be believed.More

How to become a recruiting rock star
Human Resources iQ
Matt LeBlanc writes, "Of all the skills it takes to become proficient at recruiting, the one that eludes so many in our ranks is the ability to dive deep into a database (or the Internet) and find that candidate who is not 'low-hanging fruit.'"More

Bias against the unemployed is subject of probe
The Wall Street Journal
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has begun a probe of whether employers and recruitment firms are unlawfully barring the unemployed from applying for certain jobs, the agency's chairman said. EEOC Chairman Jacqueline Berrien said the agency began hearing anecdotal reports of the practice last summer, including from news reports and from worker-advocacy groups gathering examples of help-wanted advertisements that said only individuals who currently had jobs should apply.More

Hiring by video
Inc.
Perry Blacher has a knack for finding talent. His only problem is sometimes the best potential employees aren't located across the street, but across an ocean or two. As the CEO of Covestor, a global mirrored investment firm, Blacher is not about to fly candidates to his London or New York offices for an interview if he can help it. Instead, he uses Skype's free video calling service to meet and interview candidates.More

The 'war for talent' on Long Island is back
New Hyde Park Patch
Never mind the 7.8 percent unemployment rate on Long Island, N.Y. Barbara Boschert said that when it comes to filling certain professional-level positions, competition is getting fierce. "The war for talent is pretty much back," said Boschert, the human resources director for Nielsen Associates, an executive search firm in Hauppauge, N.Y. Boschert has seen an uptick since September 2010, when demand for highly skilled workers became evident in the industries she serves — namely marketing, digital marketing, information technology and human resources. "There are not a lot of people to fill these jobs," she noted.More

Salaries to rise in 2012 as hiring gets tougher
ERE
Starting salaries for professionals in the U.S. and Canada will be going up next year as the hiring climate for experienced workers becomes more competitive and the time it takes to fill jobs lengthens.More

Good looks = Good pay?
Houston Chronicle via The Ledger
It may not be fair, but it's not illegal. It's reality, according to a new book by a University of Texas economics professor who contends that good-looking folks earn higher wages, get better jobs and have more success in the workplace.More