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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 >>

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Companies Spend More On Coffee Than Training. Wait, What?

Nearly half of U.S. companies spend less than $68 per day on training employees, which means they spend more on coffee than training, according to The Talent Equation.

Anyone who knows me understands that I’m more addicted to caffeine than the average person, but even I think it’s time for companies to get their priorities straight.

The’re no denying the pain felt due to a lack of training in many industries, including health care and sales. Continue reading >>

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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 >>

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Nearly 3 in 5 Employers Do NOT Have a Talent Pipeline

The majority of employers (58 percent) do not have a talent pipeline, according to the Talent Equation. This could mean letting good candidates slip through the cracks, not to mention extended time to hire.

Relationship building is a key ingredient of recruiting, so consider taking a proactive approach by creating a strategy that not only attracts candidates to your organization, but also keeps them engaged in opportunities with your organization. Continue reading >>

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Only 38 Percent of Employers Continuously Recruit

Though 80 percent of employers claim they are concerned about a skills gap, it would seem as if employers would always be “on” looking for new talent. And yet only 38 percent of employers continuously recruit throughout the year for positions that may open up down the line, according to a new CareerBuilder survey.

Tight budgets and limited resources play a role in employers’ reluctance to invest in continuous recruitment; however, the investment can pay off in the long run, according to Kelly Kudola, Americas recruiting manager for Kelly Services. Continue reading >>

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1 in 2 Candidates Spend 3+ Hours A Week on Mobile Job Search

At least half of job seekers with mobile devices spend three or more hours searching for jobs on their devices each week, according to CareerBuilder’s Candidate Behavior study.

If you want to break it down by device, nearly half (49 percent) of candidates use their smartphones and nearly 3 in 5 (59 percent) do so via their tablets.

The 2013 Candidate Behavior Study, a survey of 5,518 job seekers and 2,775 hiring managers nationwide, highlights the disconnect between what candidates expect during the job search process and what employers deliver. Continue reading >>

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49 Percent of Employers to Offer Higher Starting Salaries This Year

Perhaps due to their ongoing struggle to find qualified candidates, more employers are ready to offer bigger paychecks for new talent.

According to CareerBuilder’s annual Job Forecast, 49 percent of employers will offer higher starting salaries for new employees – up from 47 percent last year. The finding indicates that employers are realizing more and more the need to offer competitive compensation rates in order to attract better workers and stay ahead of their competitors. Continue reading >>

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The Recession Cloud Hangs Over More Than 1 in 2 Employers

You’d think by now discussions about twerking, selfies and the recession would be passé. But the reality is those things are not really behind us.

More than half (58 percent) of U.S. employers say that when it comes to their business, it feels like the recession isn’t really over. That sentiment is even more pronounced (2 in 3) among businesses with 50 or fewer employees, according to a new CareerBuilder survey of 2,000-plus hiring managers and HR professionals outlining the biggest staffing challenges that employers face. Continue reading >>

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The 10 Self-Employed Occupations with the Biggest Growth

CareerBuilder and Economic Modeling Specialists, Intl. (EMSI) recently took an in-depth look at the state of self-employed workers – those who consider self-employment to be a significant part of their income – and found that while some occupations have dwindled since the recession, others are growing.

The biggest gains in self-employment have been in lower-wage jobs – landscaping workers, maids, personal care aides and photographers; however, several high-wage occupations have made significant gains, most notably market research analysts/specialists, management analysts, and computer occupations such as web developers. Continue reading >>

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Nearly 1 in 5 Will Recruit Part-Time Workers in 2014

More employers (17 percent) are expecting to recruit part-time workers this year, up from 14 percent last year. While a variety of factors continue to influence this trend, 12 percent said they will do so at least in part due to the Affordable Care Act.

Meanwhile, the vast majority of employers (64 percent) do not anticipate any changes to their number of part-time workers; 7 percent expect to decrease their number of part-time workers; and the remaining 11 percent are undecided. Continue reading >>

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