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Monthly Archives: January 2010

News for the Week of January 29

While you were busy updating your Twitter account with what was surely a clever joke, changing your travel plans, or shopping for a new growler,here’s what was happening in the world of hiring and recruiting this week… 

So, some guy gave some speech where he talked about jobs this week… Here’s one way to work your social media policy… Some companies have fun, whether they like it or not.   Continue reading >>

By in In Review


New Survey Shows 4 in 10 Employees Don’t Feel They Fit In

If you’ve snuck a peek at CareerBuilder’s Big Game ad winners, you’ve probably noticed a recurring theme: workers questioning their current jobs because of workplace behavior.

Say what you will about the bizarre premises of casual Fridays with everyone in their underwear or, um, flatulent colleagues, but the inspiration behind these ads is sure to resonate with employees across the nation, if CareerBuilder’s latest survey is any indication. Continue reading >>

By in Survey Results, Talent Management


More Than One In Five Health Care Employers Plan to Hire in 2010, Reveals Annual CareerBuilder Forecast

Although the recession has been hard on many industries, the health care industry is one that has managed to thrive. Since the recession's start, the health care industry has added 631,000 jobs, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and has consistently added headcount each month. CareerBuilder’s annual health care hiring forecast indicates that this hiring momentum will likely continue into 2010. The survey was conducted between November 5 and November 23, 2009, among more than 240 health care employers. Hiring in 2010
  • More than one in five (22 percent) health employers said they plan to increase the number of full-time, permanent employees this year, up from 17 percent last year.
  • Ten percent of employers said they had plans to increase the number of part-time employees at their organizations in 2010, in order to help meet demand.
"While most industries struggled with headcount since the start of the recession, health care was and continues to be one of the strongest industries for hiring," said Jason Ferrara, vice president of corporate marketing for CareerBuilder.
"Forty percent of health care employers, by far the highest among industries we surveyed, have open positions for which they can’t find qualified candidates. This shows that there is high demand for qualified health care workers across a variety of areas; everything from medical assistants to records specialists to nurses."
Five Health Care Recruitment Trends for 2010

By in Economy, Forecasts, Insights & Trends, Survey Results, Talent Acquisition


Our Blogger…4 Things Employers Can Learn from the Pope’s Embrace of Social Media

It’s official: The Pope hearts social media.

This past weekend during World Communications Day, Pope Benedict XIV urged priests to start using social media to get their message across to followers.  It seems the 82-year-old Pope has had somewhat of a change of heart over the use of social media, recognizing that trying to reach followers “amid today’s cultural shifts, to which young people are especially sensitive, necessarily involves using new communications technologies.”

In finally embracing social media, the Pope is setting an example not just for priests, but for anyone who wants his or her message to have a greater impact on and reach a wider audience – including employers. Continue reading >>

By in Social Media, Talent Acquisition

FORTUNE’s 100 Best Companies to Work For 2010: Where Does Your Company Stack Up?

What makes a company great to work for? Recently, we asked all of you what you think makes your company great -- specifically, how you sell your company to your ideal candidates. Your answers covered everything from honesty in your candidate expectations to allowing dogs in the office, and now, FORTUNE has released its own list of 2010's 100 Best Companies to Work For. For the companies that made the cut, what makes them so great? The answers include on-site child care, unlimited sick days, an absence of layoffs (some companies on the list have never had a layoff), time given to focus on creative projects, stock options, surfing lessons, the "no asshole" rule, high priorities on diversity -- and that's just a fraction of the amazing things some companies are doing to keep their employees happy and attract their ideal candidates. What company strengths mentioned on FORTUNE's list would be most appealing to your candidates and employees? Which do you share -- and which are on your wish list?

By in Retention, Survey Results, Talent Acquisition

Employment News for the Week of January 22

While you were busy pre-ordering your Oprah tell-all, assessing the best and the worst of the red carpet, or trying-but-not-really to tear yourself away from the live puppy cam, here’s what was happening in the world of hiring and recruiting this week… 

Workplace blame is kind of like what laughter can be (but not as fun). No, this headline is not from one of Leno’s bits… So would this be considered maternity stay? Continue reading >>

By in In Review

NBC, Leno and Team Conan: A “Familiar Workplace Mess?”

Is the recent drama with Conan O’Brien over at NBC hitting a little too close to home? Perhaps you’ve seen this sort of thing before? Like, maybe…at your own office?

Today, NPR compared the recent high-profile contract disputes between the network and the soon-to-be-former “The Tonight Show” host to a “surprisingly familiar workplace mess,” where NBC’s efforts to get around the contract it made with Conan six years ago - and more or less force Conan out – are not unlike what you might see in today’s workforce when poor management mistakes are made.   Continue reading >>

By in Talent Management

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Social Media Recruitment Etiquette: Don’t Get Caught With Your Pants Down

There’s etiquette for many things in life, from bathroom use (put the toilet seat down after you use it), to public transportation (don't clip your toenails or demonstrate your newest yoga moves on a crowded train), to, uh, fashion. However, we all have different opinions on what the proper etiquette is for any given situation (see toilet seat example). Despite our differing opinions, it’s helpful to have a base of etiquette from which to start. As an employer, you need to know how to play nicely in the online space. Learning the difference between good online etiquette – and lack thereof – will help you avoid the backlash from candidates and even your own employees. With this in mind, we’re offering a few tips and guidelines to start your company on the right track in your social media interactions (or get you back on track). Everyone’s Doing It Well, yeah, that may be true – or at least it’s starting to seem that way. Even President Obama has (technically) sent his first “tweet,” via The American Red Cross Twitter account. If you’re still wondering how and when to jump into the social media waters, read our posts on Ten Steps to Getting Started with Social Media and our Top 10 Best Practices for Using Social Media as a Recruitment Tool. 11 Social Media Etiquette Guidelines to Keep in Mind:

By in Insights & Trends, Social Media

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Not Applicable: 5 Reasons You’re Not Getting the Candidates You Need

Are you among the 30 percent of employers who are still struggling to fill open positions (according to Manpower, Inc’s 2009 Talent Shortage Survey) – despite the millions of job seekers out there?

If so, maybe it’s time to reconsider your recruiting efforts – and see if there’s not something small but crucial that you’re overlooking.

Here are five surprising reasons you might not be getting those quality applications you need:

    It’s not the job that’s the problem…It’s the posting.
Continue reading >>

By in Employment Branding, Talent Acquisition

VIDEO: CareerBuilder’s Rosemary Haefner Discusses Small Business Challenges on “First Business”

Last week, we discussed CareerBuilder’s new survey about small businesses’ challenges for 2010, including the struggle to access necessary credit. Here, in a video clip from First Business, Rosemary Haefner, vice president of human resources at CareerBuilder, talks more about these challenges, CareerBuilder’s survey results, and the outlook  for small businesses moving forward.

Watch the video:

By in Survey Results

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