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Monthly Archives: November 2012

reference checking

Are Reference Checks a Waste of Time?

Probably not for the nearly 30 percent of employers who’ve caught fake references on a job application.

…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. Continue reading >>

By in Insights & Trends, Survey Results

avoiding failure with software investment

4 Ways to Avoid Failure in Your Recruiting Software Investment

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. Continue reading >>

By in HR Software

Cyber Monday holiday shopping at work

49 Percent Plan to Shop Online While On the Clock this Holiday Season

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. Continue reading >>

By in Retail, Talent Management

Retain Employees

Now Available: ‘Retaining Your Employees in a Competitive Market’

If your small business seems to be lacking a little body heat these days, you’re not alone: According to CareerBuilder’s recent Talent Crunch study, one third of small business employers said they experienced increased turnover in the past year.

The trend isn’t all that surprising if you take into account how employees are reporting higher levels of stress and burnout due to longer working hours. Continue reading >>

By in Retention, Small Business, Webinars

talent statistics

STEM Job Hot Spots: The Top Eight Areas

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. Continue reading >>

By in Information Technology, Talent Factor

HR and C-Suite

Do This, Not That: 7 Tips for Communicating with the C-Suite

“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. Continue reading >>

By in Talent Management

talent statistics

Top 10 Locations with the Most Job Growth Post-Recession

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. Continue reading >>

By in Talent Factor

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“It’s Up to Us to Motivate Our People” | Spotlight on Sally Savoia, CHRO of Praxair

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. Continue reading >>

By in Empowering Employment

Big Data Hype

Does Big Data Live Up to Its Hype?

If there was a business world equivalent of the Billboard Hot 100 list, “big data” would be setting a record for most consecutive weeks at the top of the charts.

The term big data has been used so heavily of late that it’s quickly starting to sound like a meaningless industry buzzword; however, if ERE’s Kevin Wheeler is to be believed, big data “may change everything about what we [as recruiters] do and how we do it.” But is big data really that powerful? Continue reading >>

By in Insights & Trends, Workforce Data

College student asleep at desk

Are College Students Setting Themselves Up for Future Job Failure?

Today’s students may be in more trouble than they realize when it comes to getting a career out of college, according to a new report conducted by Millennial Branding, a Gen Y research and management consulting firm based in Boston, and, a resource for high school students to find their best-fit colleges. Results from The Student Career Development Study of college students across America show that students aren’t aggressively preparing for their post-college careers while they’re still in college — which may have serious consequences for their future job prospects. Continue reading >>

By in Generational Hiring, Survey Results, Talent Acquisition

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