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Mary Lorenz Mary is a copywriter for CareerBuilder, specializing in B2B marketing and corporate recruiting best practices and social media. In addition to creating copy for corporate advertising and marketing campaigns, she researches and writes about employee attraction, engagement and retention. Whenever possible, she makes references to pop culture. Sometimes, those references are even relevant. A New Orleans native, Mary now lives in Chicago, right down the street from the best sushi place in the city. It's awesome.
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The No. 1 Reason Candidates Decline Job Offers Is…

They got a better one.

According to the most recent Staffing & Recruiting Pulse Survey, 46 percent of recruiters say the top reason candidates decline a job offer is because they received another offer. The second biggest reason? Thirty percent of recruiters said compensation and benefits offered were not in line with the candidate’s expectations. The good news is that, according to 77 percent of recruiters, candidates decline a job offer less than 10 percent of the time; however, that doesn’t make it any less frustrating when they do. Continue reading >>

By in Staffing & Recruiting, Talent Factor

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Am I Bad at Interviewing? And Other Questions from This Week

This week, while you were busy wondering if Oprah’s at home…channeling Austin Powers and asking yourself, “Who throws a shoe?”… or debating whether or not to spend $100 on a grilled cheese sandwich… here are some other questions you might have found yourself asking – from this week’s top talent management and recruitment news stories:

Does a little change really change a lot? Continue reading >>

By in In Review, Trends

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Skilling Them Softly: How to Evaluate Candidates’ Soft Skills

Looking for candidates with soft skills? There’s one type of question you must ask.

Watch out, hard skills and technical know-how: You’ve got competition. According to a new CareerBuilder survey, the vast majority (77 percent) of employers consider soft skills just as important as hard skills when it comes to evaluating candidates for a job, and 16 percent even say they’re more important. Continue reading >>

By in Interviewing, Survey Results

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What Happens If the CEO Quits? And More Questions from this Week

This week, while you were busy wondering how you can get the last nine years of your life back…speculating about who will replace David Lettermansecond-guessing your pick-up tactics…or asking yourself, “Did I maybe take a wrong turn somewhere and end up in the wrong hearing?”… here are some other questions you might have found yourself asking – from this week’s top talent management and recruitment news stories:

What happens if the CEO quits? Continue reading >>

By in In Review, Trends

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Conscious Un-Company-ing: Creating a Successful Corporate Alumni Program

There may be little hope for reconciliation between Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow because she belongs with Brad Pitt, but conscious uncouplings between companies and employees don’t have to last forever. Thanks to corporate alumni programs, companies such as Deloitte, IBM and KPMG are able to stay connected with former employees — often in hopes the employees will one day come back to them as “boomerang hires.”

Increasing the possibility of rehiring former employees isn’t the only benefit to creating a corporate alumni program, however. Continue reading >>

By in Employee Engagement, Referral Programs

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Temporary Employment Up 28 Percent Since 2010

Temporary employment has accelerated since the last recession, and new data shows that an upward trajectory will continue throughout 2014.

According to CareerBuilder and Economic Modeling Specialists Intl. (EMSI), more than 2.9 million U.S. workers were employed in temporary jobs in 2013, jumping 28 percent since 2010 and outpacing the 5 percent growth rate for all jobs.

To help employers identify areas where they can expect the biggest competition for talent, CareerBuilder and EMSI compiled a list of the fastest-growing occupations for temporary employment in 2014. Continue reading >>

By in Talent Factor

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What’s a ‘Motivation Profile’? And Other Questions from This Week

This week, while you were busy wondering what a “conscious uncoupling” is…searching for the truth behind Savannah Guthrie’s wedding…asking yourself how Winnie Cooper stays so fit… questioning whether or not the rumors of a Spice Girls/Backstreet Boys reunion tour were true… here are some other questions you might have found yourself asking – from this week’s top talent management and recruitment news stories:

Is severance pay taxable? Continue reading >>

By in In Review, Trends

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7 (More) Real-Life Companies, 7 Ways to Recruit Top Technology Talent

There’s a well-known saying that necessity is the mother of invention (and a lesser known saying that MacGyver is the father, but we can debate that later), and that certainly seems to be true when it comes to IT hiring managers’ struggle to recruit highly skilled employees.
As a follow up to a previous post about seven companies that have come up with new and innovative ways to recruit technology talent Continue reading >>, here are seven more companies whose inventive recruiting practices are helping them attract and retain highly skilled and highly driven technology workers.

By in Information Technology, Talent Acquisition, Trends

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Action Required: Do’s and Don’ts for Rejecting Candidates

If there’s one thing hiring managers and HR professionals need to know about today’s candidates, it’s that they take to rejection the same way Taylor Swift does: They don’t go down quietly.

Though they may not write chart-topping pop songs about the employers who scorned them, they do take to social media to publicly vent their frustrations, putting a dent in those companies’ employer brands – and even their bottom lines. Continue reading >>

By in Employment Branding, Interviewing, Talent Network


The 10 Fastest Growing Transportation Jobs

We could say that jobs in the transportation industry are growing at a, ahem, fast and furious rate…but we won’t, because we have more respect for the late Paul Walker, the transportation industry and ourselves to make such a terrible pun.

Job growth in the transportation industry is growing quickly, however. In fact, it’s outpacing the national average, according to a new analysis from CareerBuilder and Continue reading >>

By in Industries, Survey Results, Trends

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