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While the U.S. workforce may be gradually shifting toward office-based jobs, hundreds of non-desk occupations are still thriving, according to a new CareerBuilder/Economic Specialists Intl. study.
Nobody has to explain the importance of the Internet to staffing firms, or how technology has influenced the way we organize and make our workforce more efficient—the effects of job boards, big data, hiring platforms and other Internet and software services has transformed the staffing industry.
But there are also more subdued trends in staffing and recruiting, which can change from quarter to quarter and may not be as easily noticeable to industry newbies or those who may have fallen in a hiring rut.
Will a candidate accept your job offer? Compensation is obviously an important element that makes your job offer attractive. What is perhaps less obvious is that candidates tend to compare the compensation you offer to other reference points. In particular, they may compare it to other people’s compensation or to their own compensation in similar jobs.
Newly published experimental research (Bracha, Gneezy, and Loewenstein, 2015, http://www.jstor.org/stable/full/10.1086/678494) shows that such pay comparisons affect workers’ propensity to take on a job, and offers insights about how to increase your chances of getting the talent you want.
If you were lucky enough this March to escape frigid spring temperatures and attend the Staffing Industry Analysts’ 2015 Executive Forum in Orlando, you might have sat in on one of our favorite sessions: “20 Big Ideas from Staffing Industry Analysts,” by Jon Osborne, vice president of strategic research for SIA.
The rapid-fire session overviewed the staffing industry from a big-picture perspective with niche market opportunities that staffing firms and recruiters should take note of.
You may have asked unusual questions to assess a candidate's competencies during a job interview, but have you ever asked something illegal? A new CareerBuilder survey shows that the boundaries aren’t clear when it comes to what’s OK to ask versus questions that are off limits from a legal perspective.
The U.S. workforce has seen a dramatic shift in age since 2001. According to a special report from CareerBuilder, at the turn of the century, 5.2 million jobs were held by workers ages 14-18. By 2014, that number dropped 33% to 3.5 million. Meanwhile, jobs held by workers ages 55 and older have grown by 40%, from 20.6 million to 28.9 million.
Like a model accidentally giving away a $22,000 car on "The Price Is Right," the March jobs report was an epic fail. Whether you’re taking a break at the office water cooler or conversing with peers in the industry, you’ll have three conversation starters in your pocket.
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