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Monthly Archives: August 2010


Will Famous Quitters Ever Work In This Town Again? (Updated)

What is with today…today?

By now, you’ve likely heard of Steven Slater, the (now former) Jetblue flight attendant who’s making headlines today for loudly storming (or sliding, if you will) off the job yesterday. Slater, if you don’t know the story, made a scene when, after a heated argument with a passenger, he opened the plane’s emergency door and slid down the chute in a dramatic exit – but not before grabbing a few beers from the galley first. Continue reading >>

By in Retention

Employees engaging with location-based site on mobile phone

Can Location-Based Social Networking Be Used for Recruitment and Retention?

Employees engaging with location-based site on mobile phone As you and I both know, it’s not always easy to juggle time and resources to learn about the newest thing in the social space. But while you may have not even dipped your toe into Twitter, Facebook, or any other social networking site, it’s still beneficial for your business to be aware of the newest tools and observe how others (including your competitors) are using them.

The buzz around location-based social networking

For this post, I’ll be focusing on location-based social networking sites; namely, Foursquare, Gowalla and Loopt (BrightKite, Google Latitude, and many other services are also in the space), as a lot of attention is being given to these types of sites. Brian Solis describes location-based social networking as “a universe where physical and online activity merge to improve experiences and relationships between people and also between people and businesses, services, and locales.” Simply by using these sites, businesses are already building relationships with potential candidates and strengthening relationships with employees — and there’s a lot of potential for the future.

Keep in mind, although we’re talking about location-based sites, you may be able to use the ideas in this post for that next “big thing” in the social media world; it’s all about getting creative and thinking about how you can use the new tools you discover in the social space for recruitment, engagement and retention. Before you know it, your business may be ready (or have a sudden need) to participate in something new, and by learning about social networking sites as they emerge, you’ll be one step ahead when you do.

By in Employee Engagement, Social Media, Talent Acquisition

BLS Employment Situation Report for July — Channeling “Groundhog Day”?

July’s job numbers were just released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, and they may give you flashes of Bill Murray a la Groundhog Day, as the unemployment rate remained at 9.5 percent in July and another month went by without significant improvement in our employment situation.  But as Bill Murray’s character, Phil Connors,  reminded us in the film, we can see see the groundhog signifying six more weeks of winter as  bleak and dark and bereft of hope,  or look at the positives of the situation and acknowledge where we’re improving. Continue reading >>

By in BLS Reports, Economy, Insights & Trends

Give Us Your Thoughts — and You May Win a CareerBuilder Institute Training Class

It’s happening. Retail stores everywhere are stocking the shelves, folding the clothes, straightening the shoes, organizing the Trapper-Keepers, and bracing themselves for restless, sun-streaked kids to come and clutter it all up. Back-to-school shopping is now in season. 

We’re not kids anymore, but as adults (employed or not), continuing to educate ourselves and hone our skills is one of the most important things we can do for our careers and ourselves. Continue reading >>

By in Contests, Employee Engagement, Interviewing, News & Events, Retention, Selection, Talent Acquisition

News on a newspaper

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

While 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. Continue reading >>

By in In Review

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