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One Last Summer Fling: A Longing Glance Back at August’s Workplace News and Trends

September 1st, 2011 Comments off

Relaxing on the porch in summer with a drinkWell, September’s arrived, in all its changing leaves and apple picking and perky back to school-ness. But while we’re eyeing fall hayrides, relationships, report cards, or menu overhauls, let’s savor the last of the warm summer breezes, sit on the porch swing with a cool drink, and take a moment to enjoy August’s workplace news, trends, and gossip. After all, quite a lot happened in the last month — let’s take a look:

Klout is getting more and more buzz — but when it comes to your recruitment, what kind of impact should Klout have on your decisions (if any)? We took a closer look at the pros and cons. While you trying to improve your real-life clout by rubbing elbows with Michael J. Fox or Tony Hsieh at 2011′s SHRM conference, you just might have missed SHRM’s best presentations. Don’t worry, we’ve got some of them for you here. And hopefully you didn’t miss our monthly #cbjobchat, but if you did, you missed a lot of great exchanges about tough interview questions — not to worry, though, you can catch the next one on Monday, Sept. 12 at 7:00 p.m. CST. Join us!

Speaking of interviewing, we went ahead and created an entire ebook dedicated to the subject, From Q&A to Z: The Hiring Manager’s Complete Interviewing Guide (PDF). It’s free, it’s all for you, it’s all about interviewing... go nuts. And while interview questions can run the gamet from great to horror-inducing, resumes have their fair share of memorable moments, too, from statements about the Moonwalk to deadly animal bites.

While we’re on the subject of deadly things, have you thought about your personal brand as a recruiter — and how not having one may actually be really damaging for your business? If not, it’s a good time to start — there are some really easy ways to get your name out and legitimize you with interested candidates.

As an employer or recruiter, finding new ways to brand your company is essential — and many companies are turning to online video. Did you know it’s the fastest-growing medium for consuming content? All types of companies are investing in video to help them attract better candidates, brand themselves as an employer of choice, and more — you can download our free video, Streaming Talent, (just by answering a few questions) to find out how it can improve your own recruiting.

Shortly before July’s BLS numbers came out, CareerBuilder CEO Matt Ferguson appeared on CNBC’s Squawk Box to discuss job expectations versus job creation; the industry with the biggest skill shortage right now; the area hottest in wage growth, and more. When we did see the BLS numbers, we cringed a little. But then we realized the sky probably isn’t falling, so we hid that Chicken Little costume in the depths of our closets (you know, just in case). With finding quality workers a challenge for many employers, and unemployment still such a big issue, there are two worker groups that bring unique skills to the workplace and shouldn’t be overlooked: veteran employees and older workers.

We found out that while employers do value IQ, many are listening to their hearts (cue Roxette) and favoring emotional intelligence more strongly. But where does emotional intelligence matter most?

Many workers are also listening to their wallets — and finding them filled with empty promises (INFOGRAPHIC). Though the financial situation is improving for many, many workers are still living paycheck to paycheck — but there are still some things (cough Internet cough) they’re hesitant to give up.

 What did we miss? What was your favorite (or most cringe-worthy) August workplace news moment?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

July’s Job Numbers: The Sky Isn’t Falling! (But Don’t Put Away That Chicken Little Costume Yet)

August 5th, 2011 Comments off

July's Job Numbers: The Sky Isn't FallingIf you were betting on job numbers, and you bet that 18,000 new jobs were created last month, thinking we’d have a repeat of June, you’d be wrong. But it’s probably a bet you’d be happy to lose, because in July, we added 117,000 jobs, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ “The Employment Situation” summary for July 2011. This jump followed two months of very little growth (in May and June).

Despite this growth and landing above Wall Street expectations, we’re still below the number needed to really make a dent in the unemployment rate — but it’s an improvement. So, the sky isn’t falling — and let’s just say we’re cautiously optimistic, yes?

Other details from this month’s “The Employment Situation” summary:

  • Net growth explanation: 154,000 jobs were created in the private sector, but with a loss in government jobs of 37,000, we saw a net increase of 117,000.
  • May and June’s low growth numbers have also had positive net revisions of  56,000.
  • The labor force, at 152.3 million, did not change much in July.
  • The unemployment rate was little changed but we did see improvement, from 9.2 to 9.1 percent. It’s important to keep in mind, however, that this lower rate was due to more individuals dropping out of the employment search (labor force participation fell from 64.1 percent to 63.9 percent).
  • Average hourly earnings for all employees on private nonfarm payrolls increased by 10 cents to $23.13. Over the past 12 months, average hourly earnings have increased by 2.3 percent.
  • Neither average weekly hours or the number of temporary employees rose; as The Economist points out, both are indicators of future labor demand.

Hiring by industry

We saw job gains in health care, retail trade, manufacturing, and mining. Specifically:

  • Health care employment grew by 31,000 in July. Ambulatory health care services and hospitals each added14,000 jobs over the month. Over the past 12 months, health care employment has grown by 299,000.
  • Retail trade added 26,000 jobs in July. Employment in health and personal care stores rose by 9,000 over the month with small increases distributed among several other retail industries.
  • Manufacturing employment increased by 24,000 in July; nearly all of the increase was in durable
    goods manufacturing. Within durable goods, the motor vehicles and parts industry had fewer seasonal
    layoffs than typical for July, contributing to a seasonally adjusted employment increase of 12,000 jobs.
  • Mining employment rose by 9,000; virtually all of the gain (+8,000) occurred in support activities for mining.
  • Professional and technical services continued to trend up in July, with a gain of 18,000 jobs.
  • Employment in construction, transportation and warehousing, information, leisure and hospitality, and financial activities changed little in July.
  • Government employment continued to trend down in July, with a loss of 37,000. Employment in state government decreased by 23,000, due almost entirely to a partial shutdown of the Minnesota state government.
  • Average hourly earnings for all employees on private nonfarm payrolls increased by 10 cents in July to $23.13. Over the past 12 months, average hourly earnings have increased by 2.3 percent. Average hourly earnings of private-sector production and nonsupervisory employees increased by 8 cents to $19.52.

See what CareerBuilder CEO Matt Ferguson had to say yesterday on CNBC’s Squawk Box program about job creation, the biggest skill shortage we’re facing right now, and more.

What do you think about July’s BLS job numbers?

See You (Next) September: This Month’s Recruitment News and Gossip Recap

September 30th, 2010 Comments off

Playing in the autumn leavesAutumn’s a time of change. This past month, we learned that Rahm’s leaving the White House for Chicago to make a mayoral run, we said goodbye to Tony Curtis and Greg Giraldo, and we said hello to Google Instant — and  a new planet (?!). In the world of recruitment, we also saw a lot of changes in September — let’s take a final look back at some of them before we fully admit to ourselves that there’s now less than a month to stock up on candy and find that perfect costume before Halloween hits.

Just when you thought you knew all about generations in the workplace, Linksters came along. Who are these members of the “Facebook Generation” — and when will they be invading your office?

Speaking of things you may not be familiar with, if you’ve been wondering what the heck niche job sites are and why your business should care, we break it all down for you here. You know what else you should care about? Seasonal hiring — holiday carols are going to be piped throughout shopping malls before you know it. We’ve got 7 tips that will make your holiday season staffing as smooth as possible.

Candidates and employees aren’t thrilled about a lot of things in the workplace right now, and your salary offer may be one of the reasons why. Heck, a third of your employees think they can do your job better than you can, and others may even be blaming you for their finances. But wait — don’t panic. Here’s some ways you can reignite the flame with burned out employees.

Many workers are drinking this to get through the busy workday and avoid hypnotic states, and other workers are, well, trying to hypnotize potential employers into hiring them. And by learning how to run an extremely successful employee referral program, you won’t have to hypnotize any of your staff to refer candidates — they’ll be lining up to do it.

Readers have been sounding off on performance reviews: Do they belong in today’s workplace, or do you have a better idea for how to evaluate performance? On the note of things that don’t belong in the workplace, do smartphones need to make their way out of the meeting room and back into people’s pockets? I talk about why they’re distracting — and disrespectful.

What bit of recruitment news did you find interesting this month?

We Can’t Believe it’s August Either: A Final Look Back at July’s Recruitment News and Gossip

August 2nd, 2010 Comments off

News on a newspaperWhile I was you were watching Danielle get her extensions ripped out on Real Housewives of New Jersey, preparing for Shark Week, or wishing you were at the nuptials of Chelsea Clinton, here’s what was happening in the world of recruitment.

The month started off on a cautiously optimistic note, with CareerBuilder’s Mid-Year Job Forecast projections showing many similarities to the first half of 2010′s positive changes. And while we’re still discussing how the workplace will look at the end of 2010, we shared our thoughts about 10 predictions for the workplace in 2020.

One thing we don’t have to predict? That businesses will start taking advantage of the HIRE Act — many employers who have hired unemployed workers since Feb. 4 already qualify for a tax exemption.

Health care is an ongoing hot topic, and in our June contest, we asked all of you what you’re doing to promote employee wellness. You had some awesome ideas and programs — and we noticed seven distinct trends among the success stories. And while some of you want to do a lot of great things to promote health care and wellness at your company, you don’t necessarily have the funds to do so. Or do you? Here’s five easy ways to lower health care costs, courtesy of Steven Williams’s session at the SHRM 2010 conference.

Not convinced it’s your place as an employer to get involved in your employee’s wellness in the first place? We debated the pros and cons of employer involvement in employee health — where do you fit in? Speaking of fitting in, where do former employees fit in when it comes to rehiring? Should you rehire them?

The difference between a leader and a manager may not be what you think. At SHRM 2010, workplace engagement expert Peter Stark discussed 10 ways to get your employee to say those four little words: “I love my job” — and to make employees want to follow your example. Stark wasn’t the only one spewing sage advice this month; everyone from an executive at Dunkin’ Brands to our own CMO had some advice to offer employers regarding the importance of attracting the right talent to be successful.

On the subject of success, the new dos and don’ts of interviewing — and we told you why you might not want to make that gesture during a candidate interview.

Who needs Shark Week when you’ve got all this?

Hold the Sparklers — One Last Salute to June’s Recruitment News and Gossip

June 30th, 2010 Comments off

Well, while you were busy singing along to Hall and Oates’s “Maneater” at SHRM 2010, watching the longest tennis match in history, pacing in anxious anticipation of the premiere of “Eclipse,” or showing off your new bikini bod, lots of things were happening in the world of recruitment news and gossip this month. Let’s get right to it.

As Mashable has declared June 30 “Social Media Day,” it’s the perfect time to highlight why the risks of social media recruiting don’t negate the rewards. Employees everywhere were giving out rewards — of the rawhide type — as they showed off their Lassie lookalikes at the office this past Friday (or even all of last week) for Take Your Dog to Work Day. And while every dog had its day, we’re still waiting for better news from the Employment Situation report (but hey, a lot can change in a month!).

HR manager Dean Gualco had some interesting things to say about what it really means to be a good manager in today’s sometimes tumultuous workplace, and CareerBuilder’s Jason Ferrara gave the fathers out there some tips on being a good dad — despite more work and less time with the family. Speaking of work/life commitments, we asked you if a results-only work environment would work at your company — and you didn’t hold back.

We learned why delivering happiness can lead to not-so-happy results. But we also delivered one lucky winner lots of happy with a brand new iPod Shuffle, and learned about some awesome ways your companies are promoting employee wellness — including “Biggest Loser” competitions, on-site fitness centers, and farmer’s markets.

I broke down CareerBuilder’s new hireINSIDER solution, and how it can help solve your candidate communication (or lack thereof) issues. Speaking of candidate issues, you shared with us some of your biggest candidate deal-breakers, and we also learned why some unusual candidate tactics may actually be a smart move.

Whew — what’d we miss?

A Final Look Back at April’s Hiring Woes and Recruitment Wins

April 30th, 2010 Comments off

Woman looking surprised at recruitment news on computer screenIf you can tear yourself away from KFC’s Double Down sandwich or the latest episode of Glee long enough, take a few minutes to check out what you’ve missed this past month in the wonderful and sometimes wacky world of recruitment.

We found reason to be optimistic with CareerBuilder and USA Today’s Q2 2010 hiring forecast results, and BLS released March’s Employment Situation report, which revealed that the economy saw its largest job gain in three years. And hey! Things are even looking up for college graduates in terms of the job outlook.

While we’re talking about better news in hiring, I should probably mention that we just released our new how-to-hire e-book, CareerBuilder’s Ultimate Recruitment Guide. Download a copy for yourself — or your team — now.

What are workers spending their tax refunds on this year? Is it that trip to see grandma in Wyoming? A new lifetime supply of bathroom tissue? You may be surprised. On that note, a new CareerBuilder survey found that the majority of employers are doing something to become more environmentally friendly, or “green” –investing in bathroom tissue made from recycled tissue, perhaps?

Jim Greenwood, CEO of Concentra, Inc. shared his thoughts on being a CEO — a Chief Encouragement Officer, that is — and talked about Concentra’s workplace culture, the importance of giving colleagues an opt out, and much more.  Another leader, Martha O’Gorman, chief marketing officer at Liberty Tax Service, talked with us about why employees should be left to do their jobs, when humor’s appropriate in workplace culture, and why the company doesn’t believe in traditional national advertising.

Do you want colleagues — or ex-colleagues — rating you anonymously and gaining control over whether that next employer wants to hire you? A new social networking site, Unvarnished, thinks you do. Speaking of the power of employee referrals, we revealed how a personal phone call from George Lopez to Conan O’Brien helped Conan decide to sign on to Team TBS.

Lastly, we discussed AOL’s success in employment branding, and why you need to know who you are — and who you aren’t — as an employer.

Here’s some other employment news that’s been making us gasp, cringe, or smile this past month:

  • Sooooo… did we mention our new recruitment e-book is out? We might have.
  • Some companies send you back to school.  Other companies school you on social media best practices, university-style.
  • Why the job hoppers who make you hesitate may actually make the best employees.
  • You’d probably gasp if you got this kind of e-mail from a potential intern. Amirite?
  • The best culture attracts the best talent — here’s 10 ways to get in on the action
  • Top Employee, anyone? Five ways food and restaurants are mixing in an awesome culture.
  • Sometimes, your employees need to feel empowered to get on that bike and fall off. And learn to get back up. And, you know, fall off again.
  • Speaking of bikes, some of you may want to bike to a nearby establishment to see what a  “jobless recovery ale” is like. Taste the happy… ?
  • Would you pay Donatella Versace to judge your skills and that skirtyougotforlike$10shhhh — for charity?

Anything we missed?