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Shining a positive light on candidates creates more placements
The Staffing Stream
Recruiting and staffing firms are finding that the hiring atmosphere has become fiercely competitive in the last few years. It is not enough to just have qualified and experienced candidates; they must be able to make them stand out in a sea of resumes that flood in for many prospective positions. To increase placements, staffing firms need to be able to present their candidates in a way that will get the hiring manager's attention.
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The kids are alright: How to understand and place workers from the Facebook Generation.
Jessica L Sanchez, Access Capital, Inc.
The millennial worker wants meaningful work; he needs to know that his position will be one where he can develop and grow and that he will be supported. So, the Gen-Y candidate isn't lured to a position by mere dollar signs but is also interested in making a difference and will commit to a position where he knows he will grow in his career. This equals productivity and loyalty for whomever can provide this work environment.
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It's official: Feds close ACA minimum value 'loophole'
Staffing Talk
Officially closing what had been called a "surprising loophole" in Affordable Care Act compliance, the Obama administration blocked health plans without hospital benefits that many large employers of low-wage workers had maintained fulfills their obligations under Obamacare. Kaiser Health News reports nearly half of the 1,600 employer members of the American Staffing Association had either committed to offer, or were considering offering, such "minimum value" plans before federal regulators stated they would move against them. Ed Lenz, Senior Counsel for the ASA, said some staffing firms did adopt such coverage, but "most did not."
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Small businesses are going on a hiring binge
Bloomberg Business
Small business, responsible for most American job creation, is finally gaining momentum, giving an expansion approaching its sixth anniversary some legs and leading an acceleration in job creation. Confidence is near a post-2007 peak for small companies, construction is recovering and credit conditions are easing. Companies with 499 or fewer employees added 81 percent of the new private-sector jobs in January and averaged 83 percent over the past four months, figures from Roseland, New Jersey-based ADP Research Institute showed. While smaller firms typically provide two thirds of new jobs, hiring by such companies has been erratic and sluggish since the recession ended in June 2009, and accounted for as little as 38 percent of private-sector jobs added in September 2010.
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Talent shortage is top hiring challenge, survey says
Staffing Industry Analysts
The talent shortage is now the top hiring challenge, according to the Glassdoor Recruiting Outlook Survey. Nearly half, 48 percent, of hiring decision-makers don’t see enough qualified candidates for open positions and a quarter, 26 percent, see the situation getting harder in the next 12 months as the U.S. economy picks up.
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How to attract millennial and Gen Z employees
Buffalo Business First
As the job market continues to tighten and favor job seekers, employers should be listening closely to what those prospective employees are looking for in the workplace. What's appealing can include anything from salary and benefits to management styles and company culture. To discover what's most important to America's youngest employees, Randstad US and Millennial Branding recently conducted a study on the workplace preferences of Gen Y/millennials and the next generation of workers, Gen Z. The insights derived from this study can help you improve the attraction, retention and engagement of your current and future employees.
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How using a recruiter quality index for your recruiting team drives results and delivers transparency
Are you looking to infuse quality into your talent acquisition metrics? Need a fresh approach to evaluating the effectiveness of your team or individual contributors? With growing pressure to continuously improve results and prove quality, the time is right to collide metrics within your team and calculate your Recruiter Quality Index.
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