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…or for the 69 percent of employers who say they’ve changed their mind about a candidate after speaking with a reference.
These findings come from a new CareerBuilder survey of 2,494 hiring managers and human resource professionals nationwide.
Of the survey participants, 62 percent said that when they contacted a reference listed on an application, the reference didn’t have good things to say about the candidate.
Congratulations! Your company has finally decided on a shiny new recruiting software vendor (also referred to as an Applicant Tracking System), and you’re implementing the new software in just a couple of short weeks. High-fives all around. The financial and time investment was significant, yes, but you feel good about your purchase and you’re excited about the fantastic results you’re sure to get.
We’re in the thick of Cyber Monday, a term coined in 2005 to explain the online version of Black Friday’s shopping craze. The highly anticipated day isn’t just about a handful of online deals, either: This Cyber Monday is expected to be the biggest online shopping day of the year for the third year in a row. On top of that, what began as “Cyber Monday” has extended into more of “Cyber Week,” with online promotions and deals becoming a week-long blitz.
Although the professional, scientific, and technical industry sector makes up only 6 percent of the U.S. workforce, it was responsible for 10 percent of national job growth from 2010 to 2012, illustrating our nation’s march toward a more technical, STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) type workforce. Within the industry, there are over 9.2 million jobs, driven by sub-sectors like computer system design services and management, scientific, and technical consulting services.
“It all comes down to how they want to be communicated with and what they value,” says business advisor and author Beverly Flaxington of communicating with the C-Suite.
As many human resources professionals can attest, getting buy-in from the often time- and attention-challenged C-Suite isn’t always a trip to Disneyland. It doesn’t help that there seems to be a fundamental difference between the way HR and the C-Suite each communicate.
There is a close correlation between the top locations for job growth and the concentration of fast-growing industries in those markets. Technology hiring is a big contributor for growth in the Bay Area and Raleigh, while Texas cities, Oklahoma and Salt Lake are benefiting from strong oil and gas activity. The rebound in manufacturing helped to land Detroit in the top 10 while health care continues to thrive in Phoenix.
In the following interview, Sally Savoia, chief human resources officer for Praxair, Inc., sheds light on how one of the world’s largest industrial gases companies generated from a “pretty simple” culture and a hands-on approach to management.
With growing concern about an impending skills gap in the nation’s workforce, many companies have taken the initiative to bridge this gap themselves.